Document tells employers to make results public before asking staff to return to work.

The government last night finally published new guidance on what employers need to do to make workplaces safe for employees to return as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

The guidance was published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy a day after Boris Johnson urged people to return to work as part of the first phase of a plan to lift lockdown restrictions.

Employers are now required to provide a risk assessment and Johnson promised: “Employers will not be allowed to get away with forcing people to work in conditions that are not covid-secure.”

On the risk assessment, employers are told: “You should share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If possible, you should consider publishing the results on your website (and we would expect all businesses with over 50 workers to do so).”

On Sunday, the prime minister said that all those who can work from home should continue to do so, but that those who can’t, should return to work.

The guidance sets out in broad terms what the government will expect to be included in safe working strategies from employers from Wednesday this week, when the easing of lockdown measures begins to take effect in England.

As well as guidance for those working in construction, it includes other work locations, from offices and people’s homes to shops, factories and warehouses.

It was not immediately apparent to what extent the guidance differs from the existing guidance for working on construction sites, produced by the Construction Leadership Council, which has been in force since shortly after the lockdown was brought in. In addition, the document didn’t make clear whether it was designed to be read alongside the existing CLC guidance, or whether it should supersede it.

 

Original article ‘PM outlines covid workplace guidance and tells firms to publish risk assessments’ Written by Joey Gardiner and Dave Rogers and Published by BuildingDesign; bdonline

 

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