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Concerned about social distancing in your workplace?

by Gemma Melling

Since the introduction of Government guidelines in relation to social distancing, Knowsley’s Environmental Health team have been working with local businesses and organisations to help them comply and keep their employees safe.

The advice to companies has been changing rapidly as the situation changes, and it is important that all employers in the borough keep up to date with the requirements and put measures in place to ensure they are adhering with the latest advice.

Concerned about a workplace?

If you have any concerns about work arrangements and social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak, you should first raise them with a manager or your trade Union, if appropriate.

If your concerns are still not addressed you should contact Knowsley’s Environmental Health team either by email environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk or 0151 443 4712. Please provide as much detail of the issue as you can, as well as any evidence you can provide.

Where can I find out more about how businesses should comply with social distancing requirements?

The full range of government guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

A number of businesses have now been banned from opening or had other restrictions imposed by law. Specific information for businesses can be found at the following links:

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We know that people are very concerned at the moment. Where people are still able to go to work, or have to go to work as a keyworker, it is crucial that employers are putting safety first.

“Social distancing rules are in place to protect us all, and where we get reports that this is not being adhered to, our officers will be investigating and taking action as necessary.”

The rules are in place to protect Public Health, but as employers you also have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to keep your employees and others safe from foreseeable risks.

If you run a business in Knowsley and have any queries in relation to food safety, health and safety or licensing, please contact us on 0151 443 4712 or environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk.