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Reasonable Measures for Safer Workplaces

Take reasonable measures to minimise the risks of exposure to coronavirus

To help keep people safe, employers must ensure that reasonable measures are taken to minimise the risk of exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus at their premises. Using the workplace risk assessment as the starting point, employers should consider what can reasonably be done to minimise those risks such as:

  • physical distancing
  • limiting face-to-face interactions
  • changing the layout of premises to facilitate physical distancing and to limit face-to-face interactions
  • limiting the number of people who are present on the premises, for example by allowing people to work from home, staggering shift times or reducing the number of visitors who can attend
  • limiting the amount of time people are present on the premises
  • using outdoor parts of the premises instead of indoor parts
  • improving ventilation
  • using physical barriers
  • reducing the chance of staff or visitors putting others at risk by encouraging or requiring testing and/or vaccination
  • improving hygiene, including providing hand sanitisation products or hand washing facilities for people when they enter and leave the premises
  • providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring it is worn correctly, including requiring face coverings to be worn by visitors as well as staff
  • ensuring that employees who are required to self-isolate are allowed to do so
  • keeping records of who is on the premises and taking visitors’ contact details to help the Test, Trace, Protect system

Set out below are some of the most effective reasonable measures that should be considered and put in place where possible.