Continuing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces


The HSE has issued this guidance. It highlights that, from 24 February, the UK government ended any remaining legal Coronavirus restrictions in England. This includes removal of the requirement to self-isolate. There are different timescales for the removal of restrictions in Scotland and Wales.


Controlling risks in the workplace

Employers should continue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in line with risk assessments. The following workplace controls remain:

  • adequate ventilation

  • sufficient cleaning

  • good hand hygiene.

Consultation with the workforce must continue on matters relating to health and safety, talking to workers and their representatives to help to reduce risk.

UK government guidance on working safely provides further information and advice covering a range of different types of work.

Measures identified by the risk assessment must take account of the public health regulations and guidance for the nation you are working in.

Guidance from public health bodies and other government departments covering matters that are not enforced by HSE include:

  • vaccinations

  • face coverings

  • workplace testing

  • testing and contact tracing.

The guidance includes links to sources of further information for these areas.


HSE February 2022



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