Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) | Manufacturing Growth Programme

The government has released a document with the aim to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with. Hoping it gives a practical framework to think about what people need to do to continue, or restart, operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand how important it is to work safely and support your workers’ health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.

This document has been prepared by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; this guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.

We expect that this document will be updated over time. This version is up to date as of 11 May 2020. You can check for updates at www.gov.uk/workingsafely. If you have any feedback, please email workingsafely@beis.gov.uk.
This document is one of a set of documents about how to work safely in different types of workplace. This one is designed to be relevant for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

Factories, plants and warehouses include industrial environments such as:

  • manufacturing and chemical plants
  • food and other large processing plants
  • warehouses
  • distribution centres
  • port operations

Download the guidance here: Working Safely during COVID-19

 

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