Government guidance for working safely
The Government have produced guidance to help employers, employees and those who are self-employed to understand how to work safely during coronavirus. The guidance covers a range of different types of work and environments. Some businesses may have more than one type of workplace such as an office, factory or fleet of vehicles, so will need to consider using more than one of the guides.
- Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Make your workplace COVID-secure
- Check if you should go back into work
- Safer transport guidance for operators
- Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
- Public Health England PPE resource for care workers working in care homes (PDF)
- HSE guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
Workplace risk assessments
All employers have a legal duty to complete risk assessments of their workplaces, regardless of how many people are employed. Employers must also consider how their business and workplaces affect those not in their employment as part of their risk assessment, such as visits by members of the public or contractors, for example. The HSE website has a helpful guide that details how to carry out a risk assessment of a business.
Recording significant findings of risk assessments
Businesses are legally required to record findings of their risk assessments if they employ more than five people.
Businesses who employ less than five people are legally required to carry out risk assessments of their workplaces, but are not required to record their findings. However, it is recommended that businesses keep a record of any significant findings to evidence that risk assessments were completed. Keeping a record can act as a safeguard in the event of a workplace accident or insurance claim, as it can show what issues a business has identified as part of their risk assessments and any actions the business have taken as a result of their findings.
More information on recording risk assessment information can be found on the HSE website.
Track and Testing
We are working in partnership with Public Health England, NHS and the London Coronavirus Response Cell (LCRC) and other key partners to implement a joint contact-tracing method for coronavirus in a number of Redbridge settings including within workplaces.
When information on positive results about coronavirus reaches us thorough LCRC, a member of our contact tracing team makes contact over the phone with the person who has tested positively in order to gather thorough information that includes identifying 'close links' to which they may have transmitted the virus.
The information is collected and held securely on an online system which has been created specifically for the purpose of contact tracing. Contact is then made with close links to ensure that they are aware and are following tight guidelines for protecting themselves and their families and keeping them from spreading the virus further.
Staff who have the virus or suspect that they have the virus should not present themselves for work. The recommendation is that they present themselves for testing within 3 days of symptoms developing and no later than 5 days after that. They should self-isolate for 10 days, and if within a family environment, their family may also be tested, and would need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Employers can refer to essential employees who are self-isolating. This is done through a secure employer referral portal. Alternatively, employees can self-refer themselves for testing.
This allows you to upload a full list of names and contact details of self-isolating staff. If referred through this route, staff will receive a text with a unique invitation code to book themselves or their symptomatic family member(s) at a regional testing centre.
Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace has provided Action Cards for the management of Covid outbreaks settings.