This article addresses the health and safety concerns and queries employers in the United Kingdom must consider when making the workplace "COVID-secure." This covers the employer’s health and safety obligations, risk assessments, workplace adjustments and health testing of employees. We highlight questions as *UPDATED* where guidance has significantly changed since an earlier version of this article was published last year.

Top tips:

  • Employers are subject to various health and safety duties, so they need to understand how these duties apply to the specific risk of COVID-19 and adapt their policies and working practices accordingly before reopening their workplaces.
  • Following government guidance will help but won’t necessarily satisfy all obligations – employers must apply the requirements to their workplace and tailor their approach.
  • Click here for a quick-view checklist to help employers follow all of the key health and safety steps.