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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Updated guidance on returning to the workplace

What do we already know?

We updated you in our June 2020 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Returning to the workplace that the Government had issued workplace-specific guides on working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic.

What’s new?

As businesses continue to re-open their offices, the Government has updated their workplace guides (available here) to enable employers to operate safely (known as being “COVID secure”).

Employers should check the appropriate guidance for the types of workplace they operate as they make their plans, but check back regularly to see if updates have been made.

There are now 14 guides available:

The guidance has also been updated to include industry feedback and we can expect more changes to be made as time goes on.

Some new additions to consider in offices (available here), for example, include:

HSE five steps guidance:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also published guidance (available here) to help ensure ‘COVID secure’ workplaces.  The HSE encourages employers to take five practical steps, including:

The HSE said it has found common workplace problems to include:

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