Protecting your employees from COVID-19

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to COVID-19 in the same way as any other workplace hazard and as an employer you have a duty to protect your employees from the risk of infection.

The law requires that you carry out a risk assessment, identifying work activities that might cause transmission of the virus, considering whether you have vulnerable employees who might be at greater risk, (or employees who are living with a vulnerable person), and taking steps to reduce the risk.

Employees who can work at home should do so for the foreseeable future, but you need to ensure that they have the appropriate equipment to work safely and you need to keep in regular contact with them to check on their wellbeing and ensure that they still feel part of the workforce.

Where working at home is not possible you must take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of infection in the work place by improving hygiene standards throughout your building, but particularly in toilets and rest areas. You also need to implement social distancing by making physical changes to the workplace.

If you are unsure about what you need to do to keep your employees safe from infection and how to produce a risk assessment, call Tony Adcock now on 01223 872772.