Managing Social Distance in the Workplace 

Posted on: 6 Sep 2020, by Emma Durkin

Managing Social Distance in the Workplace 



As we get used to managing the new normal, many of us will need to prepare our workplace in a slightly different way to how we have previously operated. Here are four easy steps to get back in action:



1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

  • carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance
  • sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website


2. Maintain 2 metre social distancing where possible by:

  • putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
  • avoiding sharing work stations
  • using floor tape to mark areas to help people keep to a 2 metre distance
  • arranging one way traffic through the workplace 


3. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
  • using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
  • staggering arrival and departure times
  • carry out a COVID-19 risk assessmentonsidering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
  • reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using fixed teams or partnering


4. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures by:

  • encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  • providing hand sanitiser around the workplace or additional hand wash stations
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • enhancing cleaning for busy areas
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
  • providing hand drying facilities such as paper towels or electrical dryers


That's the four easy steps to get you up to speed with workplace guidance. More advice is available from the Government website here.

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