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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update 28

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update 28

12 May 2020

Remember that you can raise any issues with us and we will try to help.

The UK Government has published its set of guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

With many businesses operating 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.

The guides below include advice on wearing PPE and face coverings in different work environments. Here is just an extract - please refer to the relevant guides in full:

‘When managing the risk of COVID-19, additional PPE beyond what you usually wear is not beneficial. This is because COVID-19 is a different type of risk to the risks you normally face in a workplace, and needs to be managed through social distancing, hygiene and fixed teams or partnering, not through the use of PPE.

Unless you are in a situation where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is very high, your risk assessment should reflect the fact that the role of PPE in providing additional protection is extremely limited. However, if your risk assessment does show that PPE is required, then you must provide this PPE free of charge to workers who need it. Any PPE provided must fit properly.’

You will be aware that the UK government is also advising the public to wear face coverings in enclosed public places where it is not possible to maintain 2m social distancing – click HERE.

There is no advice in the guides below with regard to what employees should do with their personal face coverings when they arrive at their place of work. This is something we have raised with the government, so if there is any additional advice in the future we will let you know.

Click on each of the titles below to access the guidance:

Construction and other outdoor work
Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments

Factories, plants and warehouses
Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses

Offices and contact centres
Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments

Shops and branches
Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments

Vehicles
Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar

Labs and research facilities
Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments

Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services

Other people's homes
Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes

If you have any issues and queries please contact us.