Government publishes Safer Workplaces guidance

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
These eight guides cover a range of different types of work. For tradespeople, there’s a section for construction and outdoor work, as well as one for working in other people’s homes.
You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.

The gov.uk website states:

“This document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible two metres apart from those they do not live with.
“We hope it gives you freedom within a practical framework to think about what you need to do to continue, or restart, operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand how important it is to work safely and support your workers’ health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.
“This document has been prepared by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”

You can read their guidance for construction and other outdoor work here.

Working outdoors includes many people in:

  • construction
  • energy and utilities
  • farming and agriculture (including seasonal labour)
  • forestry
  • waste management and other infrastructure
  • railway services
  • street and highway services

There’s also a section for working in other people’s homes.

“We acknowledge that this is a complex environment due to the varied employment relationships, including the self-employed, employers and agencies.
“This guidance applies to those working in, visiting or delivering to home environments. These include, but are not limited to, people working in the following areas:

  • in home workers – such as repair services, fitters, meter readers, plumbers, cleaners, cooks and surveyors (this is not an exhaustive list)
  • to home services – such as delivery drivers momentarily at the door

“This guidance does not directly apply to nannies who spend all their time with one household, or to their employers.”
The full guidance is available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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