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What is the UK Government’s Guidance for Working Safely During Coronavirus?
The UK government, in consultation with industry, has published guidance to help companies and employees adapt their workplaces to ensure that they can function safely during the coronavirus. In total the government have produced eight guides for businesses which cover the following types of work:
• Construction and other outdoor work
• Factories, plants and warehouses
• Homes (working in, visiting or delivering to home environments)
• Laboratories and research facilities
• Offices and contact centres
• Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
• Shops and branches (including those that are currently closed)
• Vehicles (couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles)
Businesses can access each of the above guides through the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19. You may need to consult more than one of them depending on the type of work your business undertakes.
It is important to note that the purpose of these documents is to act as a practical framework for businesses to consult when deciding what action they need to take in order to re-open their workplace during the Coronavirus pandemic. The government has made clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.
This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and therefore businesses must continue to comply with their existing obligations. It is important that employers also take into account the wellbeing of agency workers and contractors as well as their employees.