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.

Across the UK, guidance for those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable has been changing.

In England, shielding has come to an end as of 1 April. Plans in other areas of the UK are slightly different – please check the links at the bottom of this page for the most up-to-date information.  

In England as of the 19 July there will no longer be the advice to work from home where possible. However, what is still important is the use of a comprehensive, individual workplace risk assessment if you are classed as vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable. This should be a sensitive discussion and should focus on both individual and workplace risk.  

The UK government advice does link to the Health and Safety Executive's webpages.

The advice to work from home where possible is being reviewed in other parts of the UK – please check the links at the bottom of this page for the most up-to-date advice.  

There are other staff who are classed as vulnerable but not clinically extremely vulnerable. It is important that staff in this group (which includes pregnant workers) should also have a risk assessment conducted by their employer to look at eliminating the risk of exposure to Covid-19. 

Relevant information

Guidance for vulnerable groups is available from:

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