Businesses should follow the Government Working Safely Guidance for your sector (click on the drop-down menu below) and complete a Covid-19 Risk Assessment just as you would for other health and safety hazards. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Workplace testing for businesses
The deadline for registering to order free rapid lateral flow tests was 12 April 2021. If you have not registered you can purchase tests to set up your own workplace testing or pay an approved provider to provide tests.
Alternatively, employees can access free lateral flow testing at home or at a public test site.Lateral Flow Testing for Asymptomatic Workers
Please remember that any employee, whether frontline or based at home who develops coronavirus symptoms, should get a test in the usual way: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test .
- Close contact services
- The visitor economy
- Shops and Branches
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Heritage locations
- Offices and Contact Centres
- Construction and other Outdoor work
- Factories, Plants and Warehouses
- Working in Other People's Homes
- Lab and Research Facilities
- Performing Arts
When you are satisfied that you have taken appropriate actions and are "Covid-19 Secure", you should complete and display the Government poster included in the guidance document
The Government will be producing further sector specific guidance for other sectors as more businesses are able to re-open.
The full range of guidance is available at gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
This downloadable Covid-19 toolkit and risk assessment template and intended to help you get your business ready to re-start during the Covid-19 pandemic:
These documents are not exhaustive and should be used in conjunction with Government guidance and general advice (links below). You will also need to consider any other needs which may be specific to your business.
- Download the SKDC entry to your business advice poster
- Download your SKDC face covering advice poster
Test and Trace requirements for business
Businesses are encouraged to display an official NHS QR Poster. Although it's not a legal requirement to do so, this will support NHS Test and Trace to contact those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 so that they can book a test. You can generate an NHS QR code poster online, to enable individuals to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app. You should also have a system in place to record contact details for those who do not have the app.
It is a legal requirement for employers to not knowingly allow an employee who has been told to self-isolate to come into work or work anywhere other than their own home for the duration of their self-isolation period. Further information on Test and Trace in the Workplace
Here are some useful posters you may wish to download and display at your premises to help staff and customers: