They do this by identifying, assessing, and controlling all those things that may cause you mental or physical harm.
This means employers must put in place different ways to protect people:
Please note: Your employer has a legal duty in health and safety law and can be represented by your manager, head teacher, HR manager etc. this will be different in different workplaces.
As well as raising the issue with your employer you can register a concern with the Health & Safety Executive.
There is increased risk of airborne transmission with the new more deadly and transmissible variants of Covid-19. Ask your employer if they’ve improved safety measures in the workplace. The Greater Manchester Hazards Centre has produced a guide for reviewing risk assessments in light of Covid-19.
There should be a procedure follow if you are put at risk of infection by Covid-19. This could include a safe place to go to, who to contact etc. Ask your employer what the procedure is. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 define legal obligations with regards to Health and Safety.
Ventilation has been shown to be important in reducing the risk of airborne infection. Ask your employer how ventilation is being safely increased in all areas, including toilets. This webinar produced by the Hazards Campaign discusses ventilation.
Cleaning by people trained in infection control is vital. Ask your employer how cleaning is being increased and who is doing the cleaning. The Health and Safety Executive has produced guidelines on cleaning and hygiene.
Travel to and from your workplace is a potential risk. Ask to vary your working hours to reduce infection risk on congested rush hour public transport. This ACAS guide covers commuting.