Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The new guidance covers various workplace settings which are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites to factories and offices. This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical:

  • Work from home, if you can
  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
  • Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
  • Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
  • Reinforcing cleaning processes

The following guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.

Construction and other outdoor work

Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments. (PDF version)

Factories, plants and warehouses

Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses. (PDF version)

Labs and research facilities

Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments. (PDF version)

Offices and contact centres

Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments. (PDF version)

Shops and branches

Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. (PDF version)


Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar. (PDF version)

You can download a poster to display in your workplace to show you have followed the guidance.

Defence Suppliers

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has released an advice note for Defence suppliers on risk management in the workplace with regard to managing the impact of COVID-19 and implementing wider Government guidance. The note also includes the previously released Defence Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a checklist of mitigations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Industry Advice Note for Covid-19 Workplace Risk Management