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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
Working with others and support

Working with others and support

Working with trade unions, employees or other workforce representatives

This guidance is underpinned by a spirit of collaborative working between organisations and workers. Throughout this document, the terms ‘organisations’, ‘employer’ and ‘trade union’ or ‘workforce representatives’ is used in that context. Recognising that organisations have a legal responsibility to maintain workplace health and safety and must consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union. Or, if there is not one, a representative chosen by workers. Organisations cannot decide who the workforce representative will be.


This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that, as a business or an employer, you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics.

Business support

There has been an unprecedented package of support provided from both the Scottish and UK Governments to support businesses. This support has helped many organisations preserve their business, maintain jobs and pay their workers throughout the pandemic.

Further business support information is available.



First published: 6 Aug 2021 Last updated: 15 Oct 2021 -