Workplace Guidance - Coronavirus
On this page you can find guidance for employers and employees on how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Scottish Government advice
The Scottish Government has produced guidance for businesses in Scotland on physical distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have also produced guidance for businesses and employers, including some sector specific guidance.
New guidance has been published for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work:
- Manufacturing sector guidance
- Retail sector guidance
- Guidance for customers on how the retail experience in shops is changing due to coronavirus
Companies are expected to undertake a robust risk management approach that has been developed and maintained through joint working with employees. This will offer assurances to workers when the time is right to return to work.
The Scottish Government has also produced:
Current Scottish Government advice remains that businesses whose work is not essential to tackling COVID-19 should not be reopening. Further sector guidance will be published in due course.
Health and Safety Executive advice
For businesses that are currently operating and to assist those that are yet to resume, the Health and Safety Executive have produced a number of guides.
The HSE has also provided guidance for employers and the self employed who work with or near other people. It may also be useful for workers and their representatives. It explains generic measures that can be taken to help businesses work safely during the pandemic:
- Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - a short guide (pdf 600KB)
- Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak (pdf 176KB)
As with all guidance issued by HSE, following the guidance isn’t compulsory, however, its is deemed as the best practice in regard to managing health and safety within the workplace, however, businesses are free to take other action. But if the guidance is followed, businesses will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. It should also be noted that HSE and Local Authority inspectors seeking to secure compliance with the law may refer to this guidance.