What process should employers follow to control coronavirus risks in the workplace?

Where an employer asks employees to attend the workplace, it must ensure that it complies with its duty to protect the health and safety of its employees and others. It should identify what measures are necessary to reduce the risks from coronavirus in the workplace.

The UK Government has published public health principles for Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace. The guide highlights encouraging and enabling vaccination, ventilation and maintaining a clean workplace as the key steps for employers to take to reduce the risk from coronavirus.

These public health principles replace the previous "Working safely during coronavirus" guidance, which set out measures to reduce the risk of infection in different types of workplace, but which was withdrawn on 1 April 2022.

As public health is a devolved matter, employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should consult the UK Government guidance alongside guidance on the public health and safety requirements applicable to their location.