Planning a return to work: 5 key steps to be COVID-19 secure


The government published 8 new sets of guidance in May outlining the framework for people returning to work safely during COVID-19.

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to keep your employees safe at work, so you’ll need to consult these guides when you’re thinking about how to create a COVID-19 safe workplace.

The full set of guidance notes are available here and we’ve summarised some key points to think about below.


5 core areas

There are 5 core areas to the government guidance for staying COVID-19 secure which apply to every employer.

  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and share the results with your staff

  • Put in place cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in line with government guidance

  • Take all reasonable steps to help people work from home

  • Take all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace

  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, do everything practical to manage transmission risk



If you’re a business with more than 50 employees it’s now a requirement to have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment, which you’re expected to place on your website.

You’ll also need to speak to your employees about the health and safety measures you’ve put in place, which will be a valuable exercise to help you to address concerns and ease the transition of returning employees to the workplace, at the appropriate time.

You should also consider introducing a COVID-19 & Social Distancing at Work Policy. This will help keep your workforce informed about the steps you are taking to keep them safe but also the standards expected of them.


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