Guidance for employers on workplace safety and safely reopening businesses during COVID-19

A wide-range of workplace specific Government guidance is available online and is regularly updated to reflect national changes.

To check the guidance, visit the Government's website. 

Following this guidance will help employers reduce the risk of a spread of infection in the workplace.

HSE guidance is also regularly updated and available on the HSE website

Reporting an outbreak

You can now find advice about identifying a COVID-19 outbreak, reporting it to the local health protection team and working with health protection team to manage the response on a series of Action Cards.

Find out more.

NHS Test and Trace service

Launched in May 2020, the NHS Test and Trace service forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

Through this service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could be with household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

From 16th August, anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate, providing they have been fully vaccinated, they received their second dose at least 14 days ago, and they are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. Those under the age of 18 will not need to isolate either.

All close contacts should get a PCR test, unless they have recently had a positive COVID-19 test (previous 90 days), in which case they should get a rapid Lateral Flow (LFD) test instead.

For businesses, if any member of staff has symptoms, they should get a PCR test and immediately self-isolate until they get their results.

If someone in your place of work tests positive, then they must self-isolate no matter their vaccination status or age.

If someone in your workplace is identified as a contact but is not required to self-isolate due to vaccination status or age, they should be advised to take additional precautions including limiting contact with people where possible, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you cannot maintain social distancing, limiting contact with people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and accessing PCR and LFD testing.

Employees in self-isolation are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay for every day they are in isolation, as long as they meet the eligibility conditions.

Information for employers on reclaiming Statutory Sick Pay

The NHS Test and Trace service will provide a notification that can be used as evidence that someone has been told to self-isolate.

Testing kits for businesses

The Government announced that, from Tuesday 6th April 2021, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with more than ten workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site. This could be due to a lack of space or because a company operates across multiple sites.

Over 60,000 businesses across the country have already registered their interest to provide rapid tests to key workers.

Businesses are encouraged to register before Monday 12th April 2021 in order to access free tests until the end of June, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away.

Any Sefton businesses looking to take part in this scheme can find out more and how to apply on the website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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