The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides the latest COVID-19 updates offering guidance and information for employers and workers.
HSE has guidelines on how businesses must maintain social distancing and protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to follow the appropriate regulations and/or guidance on social distancing (including, where possible, maintaining a 2-metre distance from others), and hygiene (washing their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds).
Information regarding looking after your mental wellbeing while working at home can be found on their site too. It states that stress affects us all at different times and in different ways. It can cause people to feel physically unwell, can cause mental health problems and can make existing problems worse. HSE’s stress website has plenty of advice, while our downloadable stress talking toolkit has ideas which you can adapt to suit current working arrangements.
Home test kits
There is an update from the Department of Health and Social Care on home testing kits and test site appointments which are available on gov.uk
Home test kits and regional test site appointments are now available on gov.uk.
If you have employees who cannot work from home and have coronavirus symptoms, they are eligible for testing (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers). Apply for a test.
There is also guidance from the Scottish Government on who can apply for expanded access to testing in Scotland.
More coronavirus related updates and advice from HSE
HSE has published a variety of guidance, which you may find useful including information on:
- First aid cover and qualifications during the outbreak
- examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment
- a short video showing how you can achieve a reasonable posture, while temporarily working with display screen equipment at home