The government has published its COVID-19 secure guidelines which it, in consultation with industry, produced to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are eight guides covering a range of different types of work including construction and other outdoor work; factories, plants and warehouses; homes; labs and research facilities; offices and contact centres; restaurants offering takeaway or delivery; shops and branches; and vehicles.

As many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles, employers may need to use more than one of these guides when making preparations to keep their workforce safe.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

"This guidance provides a framework to get the UK back to work in a way that is safe for everyone.

These are practical steps to enable employers to identify risks that COVID-19 creates and to take pragmatic measures to mitigate them."

However, employers should note that whilst the government guidance may constitute good evidence of what is reasonably practicable for employers to implement and what is a safe system of work, it does not have legal status and it does not change the statutory and common law duties that rest on employers themselves. 

Kemp Little will be hosting another webinar in its People and Pandemic series this Thursday which will cover a round-up of the government guidance. Click here to register for People and Pandemic: Returning to the Workplace, the New Normal.