The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its advice on talking with workers about preventing coronavirus ahead of car showroom reopenings in April.
The updated guidance, 'Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19)', aims to help employers have conversations with its workforce about providing support and keeping control measures in place.
The guidance has been expanded to include more advice on:
- supporting higher-risk groups
- returning to the workplace
- ventilation and air conditioning
- stress, mental health and wellbeing
The HSE said the guidance will help employers 'keep in touch' with workers and support them as restrictions are eased in the coming months.
Earlier this month, Park’s Motor Group confirmed it closed the doors to one of its Nissan dealerships after a number of employees tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
The law states employers must reduce risks from coronavirus in the workplace, which includes consulting with workers.
The advice states it is also ‘essential’ for employers to make time to talk to workers about plans for keeping the workplace COVID-secure, and communicating with workers can help employers understand what information and guidance they need.
The HSE guidance states to 'decide what people need to know so they can work safely', and includes potential information to pass on to workers.
The updated HSE advice also highlights the importance of looking after workers' mental health and wellbeing and encourages employers to follow its guidance on stress and mental health.
Information on how to keep your workplace COVID-secure is also available on the HSE website.