The guidelines cover eight different sectors and are broken down into practical steps which, according to the Department of Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), should be implemented “as soon as possible”.
The guidelines apply to businesses authorized to open under current foreclosure rules and to stores that may begin “gradual reopening” from June 1 if transmission of the virus decreases.
Boris Johnson has said he wants all workers who can return to work to avoid further harm to the British economy.
Here are the key points that BEIS said these steps should be based on:
1) Those who can work from home
Employers should take “all reasonable steps” to allow staff to work from home. When that was not possible and the workplaces were not asked to close, the government said people should go to work.
2) Assess the risks in consultation with workers or unions
Under health and safety, employment and equality laws, employers must conduct Covid-19 risk assessments and consult with staff or unions. Companies should publish the assessment if possible and BEIS said all companies with more than 50 employees should do so.
3) As far as possible, a social distance of two meters should be maintained
Work areas should be redesigned to accommodate a distance of two meters between people, while other measures could include staggering tee times, creating one-way lanes around sites, opening more entrances and exits, or modification of seating plans in rest rooms.
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4) Manage the risk of transmission if a distance of two meters is not possible
This could include putting up barriers in shared spaces, creating models of change or fixed teams to minimize contact between people, or ensuring that colleagues are facing each other.
5) More frequent cleaning
Workplaces should be cleaned more frequently, focusing on objects that are regularly touched by different people, such as doorknobs and keyboards. Employers are requested to provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitizers at entry and exit points and a notice to be posted can be downloaded from the government’s website.