COVID -19: Advice and guidance for places of work with the removal of many of the coronavirus restrictions

Although many restrictions are being lifted, this updated advice and guidance has been developed to assist you to manage the existing risk of transmission from the Coronavirus, (COVID -19) within your workplace.

For the most recent information relating to the restrictions as applied to Northern Ireland please refer to the following link:

Public Health Agency (PHA) are also continuing to provide a wide range of important information and guidance. This advice can be viewed at:

Please see below for a list of updated pages containing advice, guidance and information from government agencies concerning Coronavirus, (COVID-19) in places of work, as many of the restrictions are being removed.

Coronavirus (COVID -19) risk assessment and review

The HSENI example workplace risk assessment shows the kind of approach we would expect a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for Coronavirus (COVID -19).

Use this as a guide to think about:

  • The additional hazard that Coronavirus,(COVID -19) introduces into your business  
  • The steps you need to take to control the risks.

View and download the example risk assessment at the link below:

Your risk assessment will need to be suitable and sufficient, putting in place appropriate controls, taking into account the public health advice on Coronavirus, (COVID-19), and where applicable making provision for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

A generic risk assessment is unlikely to be specific or detailed enough. For example, it might not identify adequate ventilation requirements or sufficient cleaning controls for particular areas and circumstances.

The latest government guidelines for working safely in Northern Ireland can be found at the following link:

As an employer you will be required to review your risk assessment regularly, especially in response to the changes arising from the Coronavirus, (COVID -19) pandemic. for more information please go to the follwing link:

Face coverings (COVID-19)

For up to date information on the use of face coverings in Northern Ireland, please see the following guidance listed on the NI Direct website at the following link:

Self-isolating (COVID-19)

If you have or are showing signs of COVID-19, guidance on self-isolation is available from the NI Direct website at the following link:


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