Our aim is to help Liverpool City Region’s businesses to keep their staff’s health and wellbeing a top priority.
We recommend using the following sources to make sure you and your staff are up to date with the latest information.
- For the latest guidance for employers and businesses from Government visit their website
- If you have concerns about you or your staff suffering from Coronavirus visit the NHS website
- If you are planning travel for business and/or leisure check the latest Government travel advice. Travel insurance should be valid as long as you follow the latest advice
Government guidance on staying at home
Government have announced new measures to reduce the spread of corona virus. They are:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
For full details please click here.
Promote good workplace hygiene
Public Health England have produced a selection of posters and materials to help you encourage good workplace hygiene.Download information and posters
What should I do if a staff member suspects they have Coronavirus?
The latest advice is for anyone who has been in contact with or visited an area affected by Coronavirus to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. For information on self-isolation read Public Health England’s blog on what you and your employees need to know. If people are well and working from home is an option, employees are able to continue working, if not then self-isolation should be treated as sickness leave. You can find out more about this in the UK Government’s guidance to employers and businesses.
Advice around sick pay and the rights of you and your employees is available on the ACAS website.
The Government has announced new measures on staying at home, read them here.
Should I continue with event/meeting attendance?
Under new measures you should only leave the house for the following reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
What about employees returning from or visitors arriving from areas affected by Coronavirus?
You should follow guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for any members of staff or visitors returning or arriving from abroad.
For the latest advice visit the website.
Continuing to operate with reduced staffing levels
It is likely over the coming months your business will have to adapt to working more flexibly with reduced staffing level.
Some key things you should consider:
- Key holders – what processes do you have in place to enable your staff to get into their place of work and do you have a contingency plan in place?
- Lone workers – employees working alone onsite is a key risk, if you do not have a lone working policy in place you can refer to this guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.
- Home working – consideration should be given to the systems your business needs to allow employees to work from home. Roll out any training or supply any equipment that will be needed on this as soon as possible.
- Skilled workers – Plan for skills gaps and aim to have three people trained up for each essential skill in your business. This creates a diversity of skills across your workforce, ensuring resilience if your workforce is depleted. This factsheet on multiskilling can help you.