Employers have a general duty to take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of the workforce and to provide a safe place of work. Some of the practical steps that employers may consider include:
- Providing regular up-to-date government and health authority information to staff;
- Displaying notices based on the latest health advice on how to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do / who to contact if they have symptoms;
- Reminding everyone with symptoms of the virus not to come to the office and of the recommendations on self-isolation;
- Discouraging physical greetings such as handshakes and kissing and otherwise encouraging social distancing;
- Reviewing cleaning regimes so that high-traffic areas or surfaces such as door handles / faucets / shared equipment, etc., are cleaned regularly;
- Providing tissues and ensuring there are sufficient means for disposing of tissues;
- Providing hand sanitizers in entrances to the office and ensuring there are appropriate hand washing facilities (with soap) for employees and invited guests using the office;
- Assessing if there is any particular risk in relation to certain members of staff who have underlying health conditions or are vulnerable for any other reason; and
- Providing similar advice to visitors / contractors who are working on the premises and mandate that they also comply with any policies or guidance in place.
- Employers are not generally obliged to provide face masks.
If you are in need of additional Workplace signage or hand sanitizer solutions for your premises, Brady Distributor offers a range of products.
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