Guidance on returning to work during Covid-19 for employers and employees
Government guidance on how to maintain safe working practices in the workplace
12 May 2020
These 8 guides, developed in conjunction with industry, cover a range of different types of work and are designed for businesses that are permitted to open as of Wednesday 13th May 2020. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. The guides include useful notices and posters you can download.
Carolyn Fairburn, director-general of the CBI explained: “Unless people feel safe, employees won’t return, customers will stay away and the restart will falter, harming livelihoods and public services. This guidance will help. It gives firms a clearer picture of how to reopen safely and gradually.
“The guidance builds on the good proactive plans many firms have developed during lockdown. Excellent employee engagement, fast workplace innovation and transparency have helped many companies support livelihoods. It’s right to build on this.”
She added that the UK faces “months of change and challenge” and that these guidelines would need to evolve based on insight from the ground.
Jonathan Geldart, director-general of the Institute of Directors said: “It won’t provide every answer, no guidance can, but directors can use it to inform their risk assessments for operating in this pandemic.”
Consulting with your staff is essential to ensure that new procedures are followed correctly and that your employees feel safe at work.
The main page can be found here and links to each of the guides as follows:
This article by Personnel Today is a useful overview of the measures you could be taking https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/return-to-work-guidance-how-seven-workplaces-might-change/
Government webinars on several business and Covid-related issues can be found here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-18685150848