Recently government advice on working in offices and contact centres has been amended, while still acknowledging that working from home remains one way to work safely. There is also recognition that the risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 Secure guidelines are followed. From the 1st August, employers may consult with their employees to determine who can come into the workplace safely. This should take into account:
- a person’s use of public transport,
- childcare responsibilities,
- protected characteristics,
- and other individual circumstances.
Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk. When it is decided that workers should come into their place of work then this will need to be reflected in the COVID-19 risk assessment and actions taken to manage the risks of transmission in line with the safer work spaces guidance. Employers are reminded to engage with staff to ensure they feel safe returning to work.