Coronavirus – latest UK measures

Managing risk is at the heart of national effort to deal with Coronavirus. The UK Government is doing everything possible to combat this outbreak based on the very latest and best scientific and medical advice. HSE have been advocating, advising and supporting businesses to adopt good risk management practices for many years.

This hasn’t changed, and HSE continues to work closely with the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE), who are leading the UK government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Whether you are in work or at home, you need to play your part in managing the risk Coronavirus presents to other people in the workplace, in the community and at home. You can find the latest health and safety advice to protect yourself and your employees on the HSE website.

Protect yourself and others

The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus. Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds and use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you:

  • get home or into work
  • blow your nose
  • sneeze or cough
  • eat or handle food.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, a high temperature, and shortness of breath. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses such as cold and flu so if you have them it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

Supporting business and the economy

If you employ people, the guidance for employers and business on GOV.UK provides further detail on:

  • what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • information about the package of measures announced at Budget 2020 to support public services, individuals and businesses affected by Covid-19.

You can get up-to-date information about the situation in the UK and guidance for the public on the risk of Coronavirus on GOV.UK.