Salisbury Business Improvement District

Government guidance to help employers work safely

12th May 2020

The government has released new guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

The government has issued new guidance to help businesses in the UK to get back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. This follows the Prime Minister setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy.

As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm.

This guidance helps employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance is broken down according to type of workplace rather than sector, with eight sets of guidelines in total, so it is important that businesses understand that they may need to look at several publications according to their particular circumstances.

It sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points:

  • Work from home if you can
  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with workers or trade unions
  • Maintain 2 meters social distancing wherever possible
  • Where people cannot be 2 meters apart, manage transmission risk
  • Reinforcing cleaning processes

A downloadable poster is included in the guidance documents, which employers should display in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed the guidance.

The guidance applies to businesses currently open. This also includes guidance for shops which we believe may be in a position to begin a phased reopening at the earliest from the 1 June. Guidance for other sectors that are not currently open will be developed and published ahead of those establishments opening to give those businesses time to plan.


Government guidance:

Working safely during coronavirus

Cleaning your workplace safely

How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

Travelling safely