Updated ‘working safely’ guidance

The Government has updated it’s ‘Working Safely’ guidance in readiness for Step 2 of the Roadmap out of lockdown. The guidance is sector by sector but includes information about ventilation and test and trace requirements.

The Government has updated it’s ‘Working Safely’ guidance in readiness for Step 2 of the Roadmap out of lockdown.  The guidance is sector by sector but includes information about ventilation and test and trace requirements.

You can find the guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/updates

The key points are:

  • Ventilation:
    • Ventilation should be used as a control measure to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces.
    • Ventilation will not reduce the risk of droplet or surface transmission, so other control measures such as cleaning and social distancing are also required.
    • There are different ways of providing ventilation, including mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts, natural ventilation which relies on passive flow through openings (doors, windows, vents) or a combination of the two.
    • The risk of transmission is greater in spaces that are poorly ventilated. HSE guidance on ventilation and air conditioning explains how to identify those spaces and steps to take to improve ventilation. https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation.htm
  • Test & Trace requirements for Hospitality, betting shops, close contact services, 
    • Display the official NHS QR code poster. Official NHS QR posters can be generated online.
    • Ask every customer or visitor aged 16 and over to check in to your venue or provide their contact details. This can be done quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan in the NHS QR code poster.
    • Have a system in place to ensure that you can collect information from your customers and visitors who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the NHS COVID-19 app. You must keep this data for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace, if it is requested. Check what data you need to collect and how it should be managed.
    • Take reasonable steps to refuse entry to those who refuse to check in or provide contact details.

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