Restarting our businesses is far more complex than shutting down. A raft of guidance and documents is being developed daily. The documents below will, hopefully, be of help.
RETURN TO WORK DOCUMENTS:
Government has drafted its road map to get us back to work (England only, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own roadmaps):
Government 5 key points for companies returning to work.
- Work from home, if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
- Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible (1m+ from 4th July 2020, when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions. )
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
- Reinforcing cleaning processes
It is a requirement for all companies of 5+ employees to conduct a risk assessment and encouraged, for companies of 50+ employees, to publish the risk assessment or a summary.
For a wider perspective on:
- Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace
- How to manage COVID-19 risks when organizing meetings &events
- Things to consider when you and your employees travel
- Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community
go to the WHO Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 document getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19
UK WORKPLACE GUIDELINES:
The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate 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 as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020
- Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020
- Keeping Customers & Workers Safe During Covid-19 – Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Takeaways
- Working safely during COVID-19 in restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – working-safely-during-covid-19-restaurants-takeaway-delivery-240520
- 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.
- Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers.
- Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
- 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.
- Public Transport – Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus
- Public Transport Operators – Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.
- NHS test and trace: workplace guidance – Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.
- Scottish Manufacturing Guidance
- Scotland Phase 1 Return to Work Guidelines
- Scotland – Test & Protect – advice for employers
- NHS Wales Managing Attendance at Work Policy
- Northern Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for workers
HSE GUIDANCE DURING CORONAVIRUS:
- Working Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Social distancing and making your workplace COVID-secure
- Working safely duringCOVID-19 in factories, plants and warehouses
- Restarting workplace pressure systems safely during the coronavirus outbreak
- Protecting home workers – An employer has the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.
- Protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus outbreak
- Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
- Managing Risks and Risk Assessment at Work
- HSE Safety Alert issued: Use of face masks designated KN95
- Reporting RIDDOR during Coronavirus
- Advice to Distribution Centres and Other Sites on Maintaining Social Distancing at Work
- Examination & Testing of Lifting Equipment During Coronavirus
- Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak
- Consulting with workers or trade unions
- Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus
- NHS test and trace: workplace guidance for England
- Scotland’s Test & Protect approach: advice for employers in Scotland
- Risk of Air Conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low:
If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
TRAVEL & QUARANTINE REGULATIONS:
- UK Travel Corridors – from 12th July, travel corridors were established where the 14 day quarantine rules do not apply upon return to the UK.
- Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers Using Public Transport
- Work from home if can, avoid public transport if have to go to work, if have to use public transport avoid rush hour
- From 15th June the wearing of a face covering (not mask) is mandatory on public transport – exemptions for very young; disabled and those with breathing difficulties. Can be refused travel and fined if no face covering.
- Initiatives for other transport – a “Fix Your Bike” voucher (worth £50); existing Cycle to Work Scheme, which is now extended to electric bikes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from English border rules – You still need to follow the same rules as people who live in the UK, even if you’re exempt from self-isolating for 14 days after you arrive. Check the rules for the devolved nation you’re staying in.
- COVID 19 – Cleaning in Non Health Care Settings
BUSINESS SUPPORT WEBINARS:
- for topics that cover support from HMRC,
- for international trade,
- for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax,
- working safely
FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY ADVICE:
REOPENING AND ADAPTING YOUR FOOD BUSINESS DURING COVID-19:
Guidance on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses to reopen and operate safely during COVID-1
Includes advice for:
- Farming & Agriculture
- Food Manufacturers
- Restaurants & Takeaways
Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.
what you need to know about getting government support if you’re a furloughed employee.
- Furloughing Employees FAQs
Trade Credit Insurance Backed By £10 Billion Guarantee – Government to provide guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes for business-to-business transactions
This guidance outlines how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who:
- continue to work
- have been placed on furlough as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
This guidance should not be treated as legal advice. Employers and workers should always check individual contracts and if necessary seek independent legal advice.