The chemicals industry, like the rest of the world, has been impacted by Covid-19. As well as dealing with regulatory deadlines and the new obligations as a result of leaving the EU, the chemicals industry has also been helping to protect the world through the continued manufacture of hand sanitisers and research into vaccines.

This toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for managing the coronavirus (Covid-19). It provides links to key information and templates on the website. This information is being continually checked and updated.


The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). This particular version, which first appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, has been named “Covid-19”.

Employer duties

Employers should remember that they have a duty of care towards their employees and should take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce, preventing them from exposing themselves to unnecessary risk.

Employment guidance

Last reviewed 29 March 2021