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Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 43982, tabled on 6 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help ensure the health and safety of people returning to work when the covid-19 lockdown measures are eased.

Answered on

13 May 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was involved in cross-government work, Safer Workplaces, coordinated by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to produce guidance on the safety measures businesses will need to adopt as they reopen. The guidance was published on 11 May 2020 and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-launched-to-help-get-brits-safely-back-to-work.

The guidance covers who should be at work and contains practical steps to achieve social distancing and hygiene in the workplace. HSE produced a straightforward guide to assessing the risks from COVID-19 in the workplace, to aid businesses to use the BEIS guidance in their own workplaces.