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 is starting to change.

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.  

The new advice will still be to work from home where possible. However, now if individuals cannot work from home employers must undertake a comprehensive, individual workplace risk assessment. This should be a sensitive discussion and should focus on both individual and workplace risk.  

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. 

Relevant information

Guidance for vulnerable groups is available from:

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