Social Distancing – What are the current rules at work?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) UK is providing advice and information about social distancing. In-work activities, and keeping businesses open during covid-19. The guidelines are for keeping workers safe. It covers things such as social distancing measures, staggering shifts, providing additional hand-washing facilities and how to talk with workers about working safely. 

Social Distancing at work

HSE is reviewing these guidelines on an ongoing basis in relation to the government advice guidelines and legislation supporting the national effort to tackle COVID-19. Social distancing helps to reduce the spread of infection. Relating to social distancing within the workplace. If employers are not taking action to comply with the relevant public health legislation and guidance. e.g. employers not taking appropriate action to socially distance or ensure workers, they are able to take a range of actions to improve the control of workplace risks including the provision of specific advice to employers through to issuing enforcement notices.

There are two categories of work; essential and non-essential work. Specific guidance is different in each nation i.e. England, Scotland and Wales. Employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home which avoids unnecessary travel. Where it’s not be possible to work from home, workers can still travel for work purposes. So long as they are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. Employers who have people in their offices or on site should ensure that employees are able. Where possible, to follow Public Health guidelines on social distancing. Also maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.

Social Distancing – In summary

You’re encouraged to work if you can. Especially to work from home. Employers are asked to help and support workers to work from home if they’re able and try to protect workers if they have to travel for work or need to enter the workplace. However, business, where possible, should carry on.

Support for your business

There are a range of loans, grants and other support available businesses to help them support their staff during these exceptional times. Get in touch with Millhouses Accountancy for help and support with things such as applying for business support grants or furloughing workers.

Call us on Sheffield 0114 345 0960 or Nottingham 0115 882 0356

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