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Dealing with Covid related issues.

This guide is aimed at all employers. It explains how you can talk to
your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) in your
workplace. It gives guidance on reducing the risks from coronavirus, for
example by putting in place social distancing measures, staggering
shifts and providing additional handwashing facilities.

Source – Preventing Coronavirus within your workplace

“This guide is aimed at all employers and those who are self-employed
and work with or near other people. It explains how you can protect
people from coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace, for example
by putting in place social distancing measures, staggering shifts and
providing additional handwashing facilities.
The guidance may also be useful to workers and their representatives.”

Source – A guide to working safely through the Coronavirus pandemic

“As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus. This is called a COVID-19 risk assessment and it’ll help you manage risk and protect people.”

Source – What to include in your Covid–19 risk assessment

Dealing with stress related issues

“Across Great Britain, work-related stress accounts for over half (57%) of all working days lost to ill health. In the last 12 months, over 600 000 workers reported suffering from stress, depression or anxiety, caused or made worse by work.” Below, we have sourced a guide from HSE for managers to assisting employees with work related stress.

Source – Stress talking tool kit

“This resource has been developed by Shift, the Department of Health’s
programme to reduce the stigma and discrimination directed towards
people with mental health problems. It is part of Shift’s ‘Action on Stigma’
initiative aimed at supporting employers to promote good mental health
and reduce discrimination. The resource is an update of the Mind Out for
Mental Health Line Managers’ Resource.”

Source – Managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace

For employers, it is important that you take an active role in managing the stress of your employees in this difficult time. Below, we have included a HSE approved action plan and example to be referenced when managing stress standards.

Source – Action plan for managing work related stress

Managing working from home

“This document is for professionals to use to provide advice for employers and employees returning to work so that employers can manage risk alongside their legal obligations. It is subject to change depending on government announcements.”

Source – Returning to the workplace after lockdown

“Homeworking is when a member of staff can conduct their daily duties from home on an occasional, temporary or permanent basis.” The below PDF from the CIPD – HR Inform, will help those in need of assistance managing employees working from home.

Source – How to manage working from home

Making sure to remain DSE compliant at home

While working from home, it is imperative to continue adhering to the appropriate government guidelines.

“If you are working with computers for extended periods with poor posture and inadequate breaks you may experience aches and pains. If left untreated these can develop into long term health problems and are more difficult to resolve.” This includes the many new employees who will be working from home, either indefinitely or for the lockdown scenarios.

Source – Working from home risk assessment

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