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Keeping Workplaces Safe as Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Are Eased – Sources of Advice

This page provides the latest information on any changes related to workplace safety during the pandemic following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions.

It also provides details of advice from public health bodies and other government departments on requirements that aren’t enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and links to their guidance.

The guidance will be updated by HSE to reflect any reviews of social distancing and other long-term measures, as set out in the government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

Roadmap for coming out of lockdown

On 22 February 2021, the government announced a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a more normal way of life.

There are different approaches for easing restrictions in Scotland and Wales.

As the economy reopens, businesses should continue to follow GOV.UK working safely guidance and put in place measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The following workplace controls remain unchanged:

  • social distancing

  • frequent cleaning

  • adequate ventilation

  • good hand hygiene.

The following areas are covered, and sources of further information and advice given for each:

  • returning to the workplace safely

  • advice from public health bodies and other government departments

  • mass asymptomatic testing in education settings

  • workplace testing

  • NHS Test and Trace

  • vaccinations

  • face coverings.

The document is available here.

HSE March 2021

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