New public health principles for workplaces in England

The UK Health Security Agency has set out new public health principles for workplaces for businesses, organisations and employers in England to consider when managing the risk to their workforce from respiratory infections such as COVID-19. 

There’s no longer an expectation that every employer will consider COVID-19 explicitly in their risk assessment, but employers should continue to comply with their legal obligations to their staff.

Free COVID-19 tests are no longer available for the general public, but the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed that tests will be available to help protect specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS and care staff.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result is advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.

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