To support businesses prepare for the gradual lifting in restrictions, there is an emerging range of guidance and information on keeping workplaces, workers and customers safe. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
General Guidance for the Workplace
Keep Wales Safe - At Work - Guidance for Employers and Employees on keeping work places and workers safe (Welsh Government)
Taking all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace (Welsh Government)
Working Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak – a short guide which includes information on practical measures such as putting in place social distancing measures, staggering shifts and providing additional handwashing facilities.Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Assessing and managing risk so businesses can protect their workers and others from coronavirus (HSE)
Advice on using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in work Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Sector Specific Guidance
Return to work protocol: manufacturing - advice for restarting a manufacturing business and managing the risk to employees (Welsh Government).
The UK Government has published 8 guides covering a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles, so businesses may need to look at more than one. The guides have primarily been produced for England but contain useful information.
Guidance on Restarting Building Work aimed at companies working in the domestic sector guidance (Federation of Master Builders)
Food Delivery and Takeaway Businesses
Following the Government restrictions placed on public houses, restaurants, cafes etc. businesses may look to change the way they operate and diversify, for example, by considering advertising and providing food from the normal menu or new dishes for delivery or takeaway.
This document's advice should be used in conjunction with, and to supplement the business’s own food policy (Safer Food Better Business (SFBB), or equivalent). If you don’t use SFBB, your food safety management system should be updated accordingly.
All staff need to be informed of the background of coronavirus including transmission routes, symptoms and what to do if staff become ill, self-isolation requirements and other relevant information to be able to effectively control the spread of coronavirus. The Government have issued guidance on COVID-19 for employees and businesses
Advice is changing rapidly as this virus progresses, and this guidance note may need revision at a later date if Government or industry advice changes.
Promotional Material and Resources
There are promotional resources available to help businesses and employers keep their workplace safe.
The Welsh Government has produced several safety and physical distancing signs for employers
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has also produced signs regarding social distancing.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
All these resources can be downloaded and printed off for display.
Business Wales have a variety of different webinars available aimed at supporting small and medium size businesses. They cover a range of key topics to help minimise the impact of the virus and improve business sustainability.
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