COVID-19 COVID-19 businesses and employers

Make your workplace COVID secure

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 14 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 coming 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 COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Operating your business safely

The 14 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.

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

RIDDOR reporting for COVID-19 - HSE advice and guidance for employers

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

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