Last reviewed 25 September 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has reminded employers of some of the essential steps in making workplaces Covid-secure, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 September 2020 of the latest rules in the pandemic.

The health and safety watchdog says that in order to make workplaces Covid-secure, employers will need to make changes at work to protect people.

In particular, the HSE has highlighted updating risk assessments to manage the risk of coronavirus in the business or other organisation.

This includes taking reasonable steps to protect workers and others, such as visitors to the premises, from coronavirus. A Covid-19 risk assessment will help the business to manage risk and protect people.

Employers must:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus

  • think about who could be at risk

  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed

  • act to remove the activity or situation or, if this isn’t possible, control the risk.

Where there are fewer than five employees, employers do not have to write anything down, but it might help to do so.

Health experts also know that some groups of people may be at more risk of being infected and becoming very ill if they are infected. Employers must consider this in the risk assessment.

Key points will also include focusing on ensuring social distancing as well as cleaning, hygiene and handwashing protocols.