An update on the latest information for employers and employees, including guidance on working safely (being COVID secure) during the coronavirus outbreak.
Visit the HSE website on a daily basis for the latest updates.
Working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak
The following guides will help you manage the risk from coronavirus in your business during this time:
- Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - a short guide - HSE (GB)
- Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus - HSE (GB)
Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak:
Protecting lone workers
Due to social distancing, lone working has become far more common.
Protect home workers:
Work equipment – examinations and testing
It is important to ensure that equipment is safe to use, which remains a legal requirement.
HSE has produced guidance on thorough examination and testing of equipment during the coronavirus outbreak:
Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak:
Manufacture and supply of biocidal hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus outbreak:
Advice for manufactures of biocidal hand sanitiser products
Under the UK Regulations that implemented the EU Biocidal Products Directive (98/8/EC), information on biocidal products had to be sent to the National Poisons Information Service by anyone placing a biocidal product on the UK market for the first time. This requirement continued to apply until the 31 August 2013 when the BPD was replaced by the EU Biocides Regulations 528/2012 (EU BPR). The position under the EU BPR that applies from 1 September 2013 is currently being developed and we will update this page once the position is finalised. In the meantime, from 1 September 2013 onwards we would recommend suppliers of biocidal products continue to supply the information listed below to NPIS as a matter of good practice so that NPIS can continue to provide information to medical practitioners to help them deal with any incidents involving biocidal products.
During this current Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic there has been an increase in the number of manufacturers of biocidal products such as alcohol based hand sanitisers. All companies involved in this work are requested to supply the information listed on the web link below to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) as a matter of good practice so that NPIS can continue to provide information to medical practitioners to help them deal with any incidents involving biocidal products:
Carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work during the coronavirus outbreak - HSE (GB)
The risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low
If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.
You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.
If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.
Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
For more information please visit HSE (GB)'s website at: