Published: December 1st, 2021
The Government has updated its Working Safely guidance to take account of new regulations introduced to help tackle the Omicron Covid variant.
New rules came into law on November 30 making it compulsory to wear face coverings in retail premises and on public transport.
The Government said it had also updated its range of safe-working guidelines to businesses across various sectors of industry to help slow the spread of the new variant.
The working safely guidance can be found here along with other guidance for businesses at:
- HSE – Guidance on Ventilation
- HSE – Risk-assessment Guidance
- HSE – Ventilation Explainer
- Ventilation assets
A Government spokesperson said: “To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, Working Safely guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk in their workplace.
Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.
Businesses should use Working Safely guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. In the long term, we expect that businesses will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19. We will continue to keep our guidance under review and will remove advice once it’s safe to do so.”