With England setting out its living with COVID plan in February, the UK Health Security Agency released its new public health information on 1st April which applies to England.
This outlines the actions we can take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections. These actions include the symptoms to look out for and what to do if a member of staff has the symptoms of a respiratory infection.
In order to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, employers should continue to comply with the requirements for cleaning, ventilation and welfare facilities in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 or the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 to control occupational health and safety risks.
The requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their health and safety risk assessment has now been removed. Many of our members may still choose to continue to cover COVID-19 in their risk assessments. Employers will still need to consider the needs of employees at greater risk from COVID-19, including those whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Employers still have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters. To access the full guidance, please follow the below link: