Working safely during COVID-19

It’s critical that employers take steps to keep workers and visitors safe. By following the working safely guidance and keeping your workplace clean, you can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, or is identified as having had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Employers can now plan a return to workplaces, which should entail a health and safety risk assessment that includes the risk from COVID-19.

It is an offence for you (as an employer) to allow a worker to attend the workplace if you are aware that the worker has either:

  • tested positive for COVID-19
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace

In certain limited circumstances fully vaccinated employees identified as contacts may be able to leave self-isolation to undertake critical work. Further detail can be found here.