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COVID-19 Precautions to take in the workplace

COVID-19 Precautions to take in the workplace

The government amended guidance on COVID-19 measures showing priority actions to take which will make your business safer during coronavirus.

These actions can help protect staff and customers.


  • Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes the risk from COVID-19
  • Provide adequate ventilation
  • Clean more often
  • Turn away people with COVID-19 symptoms  – employees with COVID-19 symptoms need to isolate at home, they must not attend the work place
  • Enable people to check in at your venue by displaying an NHS QR code poster
  • Communicate and train – update your workers, contractors and visitors up-to-date on how you’re using and updating safety measures
Full details are available in Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) which was updated by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on 9th November 2021.  


There is guidance to support employers and employees returning to offices, which was updated on 3 November.
  • Homeworking – business should support employees to do this
  • Have a gradual return to the office
  • Precautionary measures; continued use of face coverings, continued compliance with Test and Protect (including self-isolation when necessary), good hand and respiratory hygiene, ongoing promotion of good ventilation and outbreak management to manage and mitigate outbreaks in the workplace.
  • Complete refresher training on precautionary measures


Guidance for employers, businesses and organisations was updated on 4 November. Main points include:
  • Complete a risk assessment of premises and activities
  • Self-isolate for 10 days if test is positive for COVID-19
  • Close contacts to follow rules
  • Wear face-coverings in indoor public places

Northern Ireland:

Guidance on staying safe at work from nidirect advises to work from home if possible. When employees do return to work:
  • complete a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment
  • keep distance from colleagues, customers and clients
  • face covering to be work
  • have good ventilation
  • cleaning; hand sanitize, clean surfaces
Sources:Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – gov.uk updated 9 November 2021Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to offices – gov.scot updated 3 November 2021 Alert level 0: guidance for employers, businesses and organisations – gov.wales updated 4 November Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe at work – nidirect.gov.uk

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