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Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces

Guidance for businesses and workplaces - including laboratories and research facilities - on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces
Employer and employee responsibilities

Employer and employee responsibilities

Employers have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, in addition to the specific requirements set out in the Coronavirus Regulations.

The Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ( guidance sets out further detail on risk assessment and duties as an employer.

Although many legal COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted under Coronavirus Regulations, employers and employees should continue to manage the risk of transmission of the virus in their workplace. This means that employers should:

  • follow this guidance and any industry guidance that may apply
  • continue to conduct and regularly review risk assessments
  • continue to work with employees, or employer representative, on health and safety matters. Employers with no worker consultation mechanism can seek advice and assistance from the STUC and Scottish Hazards
  • help employees to understand the steps they can take to prevent COVID-19 spreading in the workplace 



First published: 6 Aug 2021 Last updated: 14 Sep 2021 -