Guidance published for sectoral businesses
Posted on 27 May 2020
The Scottish Government has published new guidance for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work.
Guidance for the construction industry is expected soon.
The documents, which are among the first for a number of specific sectors, have been developed in consultation with business, trades unions and regulators. It will provide advice on essential equipment and services needed to create the conditions for safer workplaces.
Companies are expected to undertake a robust risk management approach that has been developed and maintained through joint working with employees. This will offer assurances to workers when the time is right to return to work.
Working to the phased approach in the recently published Scottish Government’s route map on easing lockdown, it details the steps required for businesses, acknowledging that some will face more complications when reopening than others, while also considering the impact on employees.
It is also acknowledged that the successful return to business will be highly dependent on positive customer behaviours. Therefore, customer guidance has been published and can also be used by retailers to inform their signage.
In addition, a joint statement by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Health and Safety Executive and local authorities has been issued on safe workplaces and the following guides from the Health and Safety Executive provide useful sources of information:
The guidance can be accessed at the following links:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): manufacturing sector guidance
Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for customers
COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer work places statement