Health and wellbeing Coronavirus - Businesses and employers

Working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The UK government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers 8 workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and takeaways. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:

  1. Work from home, if you can
  2. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
  3. Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
  4. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
  5. Reinforcing cleaning processes

Advice for safe workplaces

In order to make a smooth transition back into the workplace, employers are required to put Covid control measures in place.

It's important that employees returning to work feel safe and confident that their employer has taken appropriate steps to protect their health and safety. Our officers are here to help and advise you.  To get in touch you can complete our Business compliance query form.

Fill in a form if: 

  • you run a business in Manchester, and you would like basic advice and guidance to help you operate in line with government requirements. 
  • you have concerns about businesses following safety requirements as the lockdown begins to ease. 

Reopening your business safely

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.

  • 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
  • Restaurants, bars and takeaways – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants,bars or takeaways.
  • 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.

COVID:Recovery – Start protecting your business

The health and a safety of workers returning to their workplace is essential in the lifting of lockdown restrictions.  

COVID:Recovery helps your business stay compliant and safe for you, your workforce and the public.  Control measures still need to be in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as restrictions are eased.  Businesses may find this transitional period difficult, uncertain and stressful which is why our recovery programme has been set up.

We want to ensure that residents, workers and visitors are safe and therefore we have set up two tiers of support for businesses.

  • We are offering free advice and signposting for businesses as they begin their post lockdown journey. Measures to comply with health and safety duties on reopening workplaces need to be considered at an early stage in the process and we are here to offer advice where needed. We have a free risk assessment template and check list of control measures which can be used and adapted to your requirements.
  • On site audits and assessments are also available for more detailed and sector specific enquiries. This service is offered at reduced rates as we help to ease the financial burdens businesses may have endured during lockdown. We are offering a 2 hour assessment for £100 plus VAT to any business starting to plan for a safe and legally compliant return to business.

To contact us please complete our Business compliance query form.

In preparation for the reopening of restaurants and bars, businesses may wish to apply for a temporary tables and chairs licence.

Read more information about making sure your water is safe from United Utilities

Read further government advice for employers and businesses.

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