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  • Ian Read

COVID and returning to the workplace

Though official restrictions have been removed from the community, employers still need to be aware of their statutory duty of care, to; employees, visitors, customers and contractors.

You must ensure that the working environment is a safe place to work in, with all relevant control measures in place and laid out in an active risk assessment.

The Scottish government has released a framework guidance for employers (see below)

The key points are:

The Scottish Government are still "Strongly Advising' that face coverings are to be worn in certain places.

Premises must be adequately ventilated by fresh air means (openable windows, or fresh air ventilation) - Occupancy levels must be properly managed in respect to ventilation.

Hygiene stations are still to be offered through the workplace

Where staff have recognised COVID symptoms, the employee must stay home until the symptoms have cleared.

Stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you:

  • have symptoms of a respiratory infection such as coronavirus

  • have a high temperature

  • do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities

Symptoms of coronavirus, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough

  • high temperature, fever or chills

  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

  • shortness of breath

  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy

  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise

  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry

  • headache that's unusual or longer lasting than usual

  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose

  • diarrhoea

  • feeling sick or being sick

If you require further information about what you should be doing as an employer, then please contact me today to arrange a COVID safety consultation.

Tel: 07425 142 821

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