Coronavirus advice and support

Last updated 5 April 2022 13.30 BST

We are an England based business, so most of the information on this page relates to England

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HSE no longer requires every business to consider COVID-19 in their risk assessment or to have specific measures in place. There is a requirement to protect those who will come into contact with the virus due to their work activity. There is advice for people who may be at higher risk such as those who are immunosuppressed. https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

 

From 1 April 2022 in England, the Government has 

● Removed the guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommends that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass. 

● Updated guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people with COVID-19 should take to minimise contact with other people. This will align with the changes to testing. 

● No longer provides free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England. 

● Consolidated guidance to the public and businesses, in line with public health advice. 

● Removed the health and safety requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments. 

● Replaced the ‘Working Safely’ guidance with new public health guidance.

Latest Information:       

For latest information, always check gov.uk/coronavirus

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NOTE THAT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED AS THE SITUATION CONTINUES TO CHANGE, SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE.

 

ON 1 APRIL 2022, THE GOVERNMENT AND HSE REMOVED ALL REQUIREMENTS ON BUSINESSES TO UNDERTAKE COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLAND.

 

AS A RESULT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED, BUT SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE. THE LINKS REMAIN AS AN ARCHIVE ONLY.

 

CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/ AND HSE GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE: The Government has removed all health and safety guidance for individual sectors from its Coronavirus website. There is now general public health advice available on the site at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the UK Health Protection Agency website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-the-spread-of-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19-in-the-workplace.

 

COVID-19 IS STILL VERY PREVALENT AND THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT RESTRICTIONS WILL RETURN. EMPLOYERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE AN INFECTIOUS DISEASES POLICY AND RISK ASSESSMENT AND KSH SAFETY SERVICES RECOMMEND THAT YOUR COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT IS INCORPORATED INTO A MORE GENERAL INFECTIOUS DISEASE RISK ASSESSMENT.

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Archive of advice and information from verified sources:

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NHS / Official Government / WHO / PHE

Main HM Government Coronavirus website

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Book a COVID-19 test here

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

Current Lockdown Rules for England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

HM Government COVID-19 Winter Plan

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan

 

Create an NHS Test and Trace QR Code here 

https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster​ 

 

NHS Test and Trace - how it works

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

 

Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

...From 19 July 2021: https://www.kshsafety.com/single-post/covid-19-what-can-businesses-expect 

...Those who work in close contact services such as hair salons: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

...Performing Arts: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

...Providers of grass root sport and gym and leisure facilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities

...Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

...The Visitor Economy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

...Hotels and guest accommodation: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

...Construction and Outdoor Workers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work

...Factories, plants and warehouses: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/factories-plants-and-warehouses

...Working in People’s Homes: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes

...Laboratories and research facilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/labs-and-research-facilities

...Offices and Contact Centres: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres

...Shops and branches: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches

...Workers in vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles

...Heritage locations: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/heritage-locations

...Guidance in other sectors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

gov.uk Online step by step basic COVID-19 risk assessment tool kit:  

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening  


Health and Safety Executive guide to writing a COVID-19 risk assessment:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/assets/docs/risk-assessment.pdf

Staying safe outside your home:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home

Government advice for pet owners in England released after cat tests positive for COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

NHS Coronavirus latest advice:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS information for health professionals:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

 

Government advice on how you can help others safely

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely

Coronavirus Act 2020 current status

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-act-2020-status/coronavirus-act-2020-status-table
 

Latest HM Government advice on Coronavirus COVID-19 in general, for travellers and for businesses:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Health and Safety Executive guidance on ensuring social distancing in the workplace:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/social-distancing/index.htm

Business support available to businesses

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

Latest Government information for business who must close, and who can remain open

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Government stay at home advice for those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 Coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


Information Commissioners Office Guide to Contact Tracing

https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protection-and-coronavirus-information-hub/contact-tracing-protecting-customer-and-visitor-details/ 

Information on the NHS 111 helpline and when to use it / when not to use it:

https://111.nhs.uk

 

Get an Isolation Note for your employer

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

Public Health England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england


HMRC Coronavirus helpline for the self-employed and small businesses 

The Coronavirus helpline : 0300 456 3565

 

Government advice on travelling safely during the Coronavirus pandemic: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

 

The emergency legislation covering the enforcement of restrictions relating to COVID-19:

... The Coronavirus Act 2020

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted/data.htm

...The full list of Coronavirus legislation for the UK 

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

How to safely help friends and family who are in isolation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2

Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on travel:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

 

Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the rented housing sector

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

 

World Health Organization COVID-19 latest:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Health and Safety Executive Coronavirus website

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

 

Government advice on support for mental health during the outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-support-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Government crackdown on fake news relating to Coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-cracks-down-on-spread-of-false-coronavirus-information-online

Note: KSH Safety Services will only link to Government or verified advice on Coronavirus. We will never advise differently.

Letter from the Prime Minister 29 March 2020

https://www.government-online.net/prime-ministers-letter-to-the-nation-on-the-coronavirus/

Guidance for consumers on buying food during the COVID-19 crisis

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-consumers-on-coronavirus-covid-19-and-food


HSE Guidance for manufacturers and suppliers of hand sanitiser and disinfectant 

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/hand-sanitiser/index.htm

Public Health England Guidance for first responders including First Aiders

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders/interim-guidance-for-first-responders-and-others-in-close-contact-with-symptomatic-people-with-potential-2019-ncov

WHO Guidance on face masks and coverings

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons from COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work guidance on teleworking and maintaining good health

https://osha.europa.eu/en/highlights/check-out-our-practical-tips-home-based-telework-and-protect-your-health 

NAPO Stop the Pandemic videos (EU_OSHA)

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BBC and other trusted media

Due to the poor quality of some journalism in the UK, in particular the National printed press who seem to be sensationalising an international tragedy to get a story, no links to those publications will appear here. The links below are from verified sources.

BBC Coronavirus website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cyz0z8w0ydwt/coronavirus-pandemic

Coronavirus statistics

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

BBC Future COVID-19 Blog - many useful articles

https://www.bbc.com/future/tags/covid-19

 

 

ON 1 APRIL 2022, THE GOVERNMENT AND HSE REMOVED ALL REQUIREMENTS ON BUSINESSES TO UNDERTAKE COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLAND. AS A RESULT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED, BUT SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE. THE LINKS REMAIN AS AN ARCHIVE ONLY.

 

CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/ AND HSE GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

Latest information  NHS / UK Govt / WHO   Trusted Media   Industry Groups / Bodies   Mental Health Support  

 How you can help   KSH Safety Services Info   KSH Safety Services Update   Relevant e-learning   Printable Resources

Industry groups and bodies

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Guide to working safely and staying healthy whilst home working

https://www.ergonomics.org.uk/common/Uploaded%20files/Publications/CIEHF-Working-from-Home-Infographic.pdf

 

Citizens Advice Bureau advice for people worried or anxious about returning to work

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-youre-worried-about-working/

 

International Labour Organisation: In the face of the pandemic - ensuring safety and health at work

https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---safework/documents/publication/wcms_742463.pdf

International Labour Organisation: Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19 at Work - Action Checklist

https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/resources-library/publications/WCMS_741813/lang--en/index.htm

Resuscitation Council UK Statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings

https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-community/ 

Construction Leadership Council COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures and other useful information for the construction sector 

https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/List-of-Covid-News-v1.3-1.pdf

Ladder Association guidance on using ladders during the COVID-19 pandemic

https://ladderassociation.org.uk/keeping-ladder-users-safe-during-covid-19-outbreak/

 

British Safety Council resources for employers and employees:

https://www.britsafe.org/about-us/coronavirus-resource-database/

 

St Helens Chamber Coronavirus advice for businesses

https://www.sthelenschamber.com/business/coronavirus

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Coronavirus Guidance for businesses

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/communicable-diseases/coronavirus/ 

 

IOSH Coronavirus webinars

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/communicable-diseases/coronavirus/webinars/

 

IOSH Home office, mobile office - Managing Remote Working

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/resources/home-office-mobile-office-managing-remote-working

CIEH guidance for takeaways and food delivery

https://www.cieh.org/media/4070/covid-19-food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance.pdf?version=2

 

CIPD Coronavirus Resource Materials

https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/coronavirus/support-materials

Greater Manchester Hazards Centre guide to working safely at home

https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Working-with-a-computer-at-home-.pdf

 

Scaffolding Association advice for scaffolders on COVID-19

https://scaffolding-association.org/covid-19-advice/

 

 

ON 1 APRIL 2022, THE GOVERNMENT AND HSE REMOVED ALL REQUIREMENTS ON BUSINESSES TO UNDERTAKE COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLAND. AS A RESULT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED, BUT SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE. THE LINKS REMAIN AS AN ARCHIVE ONLY.

 

CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/ AND HSE GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

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Mental Health and Grief Support

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/

Telephone 116 123

 

Mind

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-useful-contacts/

Telephone 0300 123 3393

Cruse Bereavement

https://www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/contact-us 

Telephone 0808 808 1677

Papyrus Suicide Prevention in Young People

https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Telephone 0800 068 4141

National Domestic Abuse helpline

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Telephone 0808 2000 247

National Centre for Domestic Violence

https://www.ncdv.org.uk/

Telephone 0207 186 8270

Respect - Men's advice line

https://mensadviceline.org.uk/contact-us/

Telephone 0808 801 0327 (Mon-Fri)

Victim Support

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

Telephone 0808 168 9111

NHS North West Boroughs Healthcare Foundation Trust 24/7 mental health crisis line for people of all ages in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington:

Call 01925 275 309 anytime.

BUPA Guide to Bereavement for Managers (covering COVID deaths)

https://www.bupa.com/~/media/files/site-specific-files/newsroom/news/2020/july/a-guide-to-bereavement.pdf

Mental health advice for the self-employed (FSB / Mental Health at Work)

https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/toolkit/small-businesses-and-the-self-employed-taking-care-during-the-pandemic/

Winter lockdown and mental health

https://www.kshsafety.com/single-post/winter-lockdown-mental-health

 

 

ON 1 APRIL 2022, THE GOVERNMENT AND HSE REMOVED ALL REQUIREMENTS ON BUSINESSES TO UNDERTAKE COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLAND. AS A RESULT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED, BUT SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE. THE LINKS REMAIN AS AN ARCHIVE ONLY.

 

CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/ AND HSE GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

Latest information  NHS / UK Govt / WHO   Trusted Media   Industry Groups / Bodies   Mental Health Support  

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Things you can help with

 

How to stay active while at home (Sport England):

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

3D Printer design templates for masks, face shields etc. If you have a HP 3D printer, please help the NHS with this urgently.

https://enable.hp.com/us-en-3dprint-COVID-19-containment-applications

 

Help slow the spread of COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well. Download the app
https://covid.joinzoe.com/

 
 

 

ON 1 APRIL 2022, THE GOVERNMENT AND HSE REMOVED ALL REQUIREMENTS ON BUSINESSES TO UNDERTAKE COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLAND. AS A RESULT THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME THEY WERE ADDED, BUT SOME LINKS MAY BECOME OBSOLETE. THE LINKS REMAIN AS AN ARCHIVE ONLY.

 

CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/ AND HSE GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm