Vulnerable workers and coronavirus

Find out what you need to know to work safely and protect yourself or loved ones from infection while working during the pandemic.

Guidance in all parts of the UK on shielding has changed, this is because rates of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community have fallen.  If you have been able to work from home then this should continue but you can also return to your work if it is covid secure. 

If you work in the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales or the HSC in Northern Ireland they have their own guidance on risk assessments that should be carried out. 

English guidance

https://www.nhsemployers.org/covid19/health-safety-and-wellbeing/supporting-staff-health-and-safety/supporting-our-most-vulnerable-people

Northern Ireland FAQs

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/guidance-hsc-staff-healthcare-workers-and-care-providers/questions-and-answers

Welsh guidance

https://www.nhsconfed.org/-/media/Confederation/Files/Wales-Confed/Wales-Employers/NHS-Wales-Shielding-Employees-Returning-to-Work-Guidance.pdf?la=en&hash=2156DDE988E4F5386E1F4B74CB3006B4D6E30AD9

Scottish guidance on risk assessment

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-individual-risk-assessment-for-the-workplace/

If you do not work in the NHS then it is still important that your employer carries out a risk assessment. More guidance can be found on the health and safety executive website

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/protect-people.htm

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