There’s no need to document employees’ whereabouts to this level of detail if you have remote or lone workers and already have measures in place to record details and locations of where they are working. Give reassurance to employees that they can come forward to raise any concerns about their exposure to the virus whilst at work just as would be the case if they had any other health and safety concern. If a diagnosed case of COVID-19 is reported, Public Health England will carry out contact tracing.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted from post, packages or parcels.
Current government advice is that closure of the workplace in these circumstances is not recommended. In cases of confirmed cases of COVID-19, Public Health England’s local protection team will be in contact with the employer to discuss the case, find out who has been in contact with the individual and advise on actions which should be taken including any quarantine arrangements which may be necessary and cleaning of communal areas which may need to be undertaken.
The government has announced that coronavirus is now a notifiable disease. This does not mean they are notifiable under RIDDOR, it simply means medical professionals have to report cases of it, so should one of your employees contract COVID-19 you don't have to report it.
The global situation surrounding coronavirus is developing at a rapid pace. It's always best to keep checking the government's official guidance, which is updated daily and frequently under review.
If you still have any questions regarding this pandemic and wish to discuss them further, please contact your health and safety consultant. You can also email us directly at email@example.com or call our office on 0345 257 4015.