BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’ guidance fully updated plus four new sectors

BEIS ‘Working safely during coronavirus’ guidance fully updated plus four new sectors 25/06/2020

Employment analysis: The ’Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance published originally by BEIS has been expanded to cover four further sectors of work ('Close contact services', 'Heritage locations', 'Hotels and other guest accommodation' and 'The visitor economy'), and the original eight sectoral documents have been considerably updated to deal broadly with changes relating to the government’s decision to ease lockdown in various respects.

BEIS: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (updated 24 June 2020)

BEIS: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

’Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance was published originally on 11 May 2020 by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is a suite of documents that look at different types of work and workplace and consider issues relating to maintaining the safety of workers in each.

Broadly, each workplace-specific guide deals with the following:

  • what is meant by the workplace described

  • thinking about risk

  • who should go to work

  • social distancing at work

  • managing customers, visitors and contractors

  • cleaning and sanitising the workplace

  • personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings

  • managing the workforce, and

  • inbound and outbound goods

For further information, see our News analysis of 12 May: Coronavirus (COVID-19): government publishes eight guidance documents on making workplaces safe.

Originally, the guidance suite covered eight sectoral areas of work, namely:

  • construction and other outdoor work

  • factories, plants and warehouses

  • labs and research facilities

  • offices and contact centres

  • other people's homes

  • restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

  • shops and branches

  • vehicles

On 24 June, this suite of guidance documents:

  • has been expanded to add four new sectoral areas, bringing the overall total to twelve

  • was updated considerably as regards the contents of the original eight sectoral areas, to deal broadly with changes relating to the government’s decision to ease lockdown in various respects

The four new sectors

The four additional sector documents that have been added are:

  • close contact services: eg hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers

  • heritage locations: work taking place in castles, historic houses, parks, garden or landscape, industrial heritage monuments, open air sites/museums, places of worship, public art galleries, listed buildings

  • hotels and other guest accommodation

  • the visitor economy: work taking place in indoor and outdoor attractions, business events and consumer shows as well as hotels and guest accommodation

Updates to the original eight sectors

All eight of the original sector documents have been updated, and one of those has been renamed and updated:

Track change documents

Eight track changes documents in PDF format, illustrating the additions, moves and deletions that have occurred in the already-existing sectoral guidance documents can be accessed here:

BEIS Working safely guidance on construction and other outdoor work: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on factories, plants and warehouses: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on labs and research facilities: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on offices and contact centres: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on other people’s homes: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: track changes comparison between 15 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on shops and branches: track changes comparison between 14 June and 24 June versions

BEIS Working safely guidance on vehicles: track changes comparison between 14 June and 24 June versions

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