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:
- 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
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
- 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.
- Close contact services - Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
- 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.
- Heritage locations - Guidance for people who work or volunteer in heritage locations.
- Hotels and other guest accommodation - Guidance for people who work in or run hotels and other guest accommodation
- 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.
- Other people's homes - Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
- Performing arts - Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
- Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities - Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services - Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes 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.
- The visitor economy - Guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
In preparation for the reopening of restaurants and bars, businesses may wish to apply for a temporary tables and chairs licence.