Check out the latest information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under health and safety law, businesses must take all reasonable steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus and ensure employees, customers, contractors and members of the public are not exposed to the virus whilst they are in the business premises.
Before reopening, businesses must carry out a risk assessment to identify the risks associated with the transmission of COVID 19 and ensure there is system in place which allows the business to operate safely.
The Government have produced guidance, 5 steps to working safely which provides businesses with practical actions based on 5 main steps.
There is also a Template Risk Assessment COVIDwhich has been developed to help businesses identify the risks within their workplaces and to implement adequate controls.
The Government have also issued guidance to help businesses create a risk assessment so they can open safely
A Safe systems checklist has been created to help you ensure the risks have been identified within your business and adequate controls implemented.
Please see social distancing advice below, as well as links to Government guidance for specific workplaces.
Despite the Government imposed restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses still have legal responsibilities in relation to health and safety of their employees, contractors and members of the public.
In many cases, the way in which the business is operating has changed which may have implications in how the business manages health and safety.
Below are some key areas businesses will need to consider during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.