EXCELLENCE IN HSE COMPLIANCE
This guidance is for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
Working outdoors includes people in:
It is stressed that the government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.
The document sets out guidance on how to work safely. It gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the workplace. It is advised that each business will need to translate this into the specific actions it needs to take depending on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated.
The guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that businesses or employers continue to comply with existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains non-statutory guidance to take into account when complying with these existing obligations. When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and other people, as well as your employees.
To help decide on which actions to take, an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment must be carried out, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.
The sections of this guidance cover the following: