COVID-19 Advice to Businesses
COVID-19 has increased health and safety responsibilities and legal obligations for business operators. Now more than ever is the time to safeguard your business by taking all reasonable steps to prevent exposure to the invisible threat of virus and its devastating consequences/impact.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 and its subsequent amendments specify essential businesses which may remain open and non-essential businesses which must be closed. This is enforced by PSNI and Council. Regulations are reviewed every 3 weeks and updated to reflect which businesses may be open and which activities are permitted. We all must await announcements from the Northern Ireland Executive to determine when and what type of businesses may reopen.
The Northern Ireland Executive has published its 5 Stage Plan Coronavirus Executive Approach To Decision-Making for easing the COVID-19 lockdown and progression will depend on key health criteria being met.
As this situation is evolving rapidly, it is essential for employers and employees to keep themselves informed of the work related risks posed by COVID-19.
Current Public Health advice is available from
A practical guide to making workplaces safer entitled ‘COVID-19: Working Through This Together’ gives a useful overview of the principles and steps for employers and employees to keep themselves and their workplaces safe.
Government guidance on ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ has been published in consultation with industry to ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. You may need to refer to more than one guide to fit your business model.
Employers must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their workers and anyone else affected by their business (including members of the public and contractors). This includes the risk from COVID-19. Employees must adhere to their employer’s controls - to protect themselves and others. For further information on Health and Safety policies and a completed example visit the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) website at https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/health-and-safety-policy
FOOD SAFETY DURING COVID-19
Advice for Businesses