COVID-19 - Supporting vulnerable groups - further information available

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
9th October 2020

The advice reminds us that, “As an employer, you have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. You should make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) and put controls in place to reduce that risk.”

It then provides guidance on five specific areas, these being:

  • Supporting workers in higher-risk groups;
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable workers;
  • Supporting clinically extremely vulnerable workers returning to work;
  • Local lockdown areas;
  • Pregnant workers.

Here is the link:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/protect-people.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=protecting-vulnerable-workers-1&utm_content=digest-7-oct-20

Particularly with a range of changes having already been adopted by organisations to develop COVID-19 Secure premises, we must also be mindful of how these changes affect those individuals already managing disability too. This is not just in the office either, with home or other venues now being used as “the workplace” these can alter what was previously inclusive.

Physically, as well as mentally, we need to recognise and respond to the affects the “new normal” is having on our employees to keep them fit and well, as well as engaged and productive. With our team of access auditors and COVID-Secure experience health and safety consultants ready and willing to help where needed, we can offer an independent view on your workplace environments and the extent to which you are actively supporting your employees. So why not give us a call and gain that reassurance?