Where employers cannot keep people two metres apart, they should manage transmission risk. Mitigating actions might include:
· Staggering working times or days;
· Increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning;
· Using screens to separate people from each other;
· Using back-to-back, rather than face-to-face, working;
· Ensuring communal areas such as toilets and kitchens are limited to use
by one person at a time; and
· Ensuring meetings are held remotely and not in person so as to avoid
being in close confines with others and to avoid unnecessary travel.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will be doing spot checks to ensure
that workplaces are safe for staff. If a spot check is done and a workplace
is not safe, and the employer cannot say that they have taken reasonable
action, then the HSE can issue a sanction. Enforcement measures against the
employer could range from specifically advising them on measures they
should take to imposing enforcement notices.