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COVID-19 – Updated guidance from the Health and Safety Executive

23 March 2020

Guidance on face fit testing and the measures that should be taken to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission

Tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) relies on having a good seal with the wearer’s face.

A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer.

The HSE’s website has advice on how you can minimise the risk of transmission during face-fit testing.

More information is also available in the HSE’s publication ‘Guidance on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) fit testing’ (INDG479).


19 March 2020

Advice on homeworking for employers during the COVID-19 outbreak

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.

The HSE’s website has advice on how you can minimise the risks to their health, which includes information on the following topics:

  • Lone working
  • Working with display screen equipment (DSE)
  • Stress and mental health

18 March 2020

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work
There are reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.

Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.

With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.

Read HSE’s guidance here.

Temporary and limited relaxation of drivers’ hours rules

The Department for Transport (DfT) have today announced, that there will be a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of:

  • food
  • non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning)
  • over the counter pharmaceuticals

Driver safety must not be compromised, and they should not be expected to drive whilst tired.  Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees, other road users, and anyone involved in loading and unloading vehicles.

These arrangements may change during this time so you need to keep up-to-date on developments.

You can find more detailed information at:


If you would like to talk through the consequences for your business, call our Coronavirus Helpline on 0845 404 4111 for a free consultation (on appropriate commercial enquiries only).

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.

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