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Operating your business safely

Practical guidance for businesses and employers on keeping premises and workplaces COVID-secure.

Find sector-specific commentary and guidance on our Coronavirus and industry sectors page.

Adapting the workplace

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

GOV.UK 10-12-2020

UK government guidance to help business owners carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. There are separate guides for different types of businesses and workplaces with information on who can work, keeping customers and visitors safe, social distancing, cleaning, PPE, inbound and outbound goods, and priority actions to take.

Risk assessment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

HSE 01-12-2020

Guide and template showing what businesses should include in COVID-19 risk assessments. The document lists potential hazards alongside examples of who might be harmed, suggested controls, and suggested further actions.

Back to the workplace - Adapting workplaces and protecting workers

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) 10-09-2020

Regularly updated wiki with guidelines which can help employers achieve a safe and healthy work environment when resuming activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with links to country and sector-specific guidance across the EU and in the UK.

Beyond COVID-19: Reopening of commercial buildings

RICS 13-05-2020

Practical guide from RICS focusing on the restart of operations in commercial buildings  designed to help building managers, commercial tenants and landlords identify and plan to mitigate the main risks arising from reopening a building.

Managing the return of employees

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to the workplace guide

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 12-05-2020

Guide from CIPD intended to help you plan your organisation’s next steps following a period of furlough or once lockdown measures start easing. Issues covered include legal considerations, short term working/redundancy, groups of staff unable to return, bereavement and managing holidays.