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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral directors

Published: 25 Nov 2020
Last updated: 27 Apr 2021 - see all updates

This guidance is for funeral directors to help manage their services during the current pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral directors
Management of non-mortuary spaces

22 page PDF

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Management of non-mortuary spaces

Face coverings

The wearing of face coverings is mandatory in a variety of shops and retail settings. This includes for those visiting funeral director businesses and for funeral director staff. Relevant guidance, also setting out exemptions and your obligations, is available on the Scottish Government website.

Everyone attending an indoor funeral service is required by law to wear a face covering. For more information, including exemptions, see the Funeral Services Guidance

Hand hygiene

It is important to note that in non-mortuary spaces, the use of PPE (such as wearing of gloves) does not act as a substitute for regular hand hygiene. All staff should frequently preform hand hygiene using soap and water, or hand sanitiser, in accordance with NHS advice [1]. This requirement extends to visitors to funeral director businesses i.e. clients entering the premises to discuss arrangements.

Environmental cleaning

Public spaces within the premises should be regularly cleaned, particularly after a viewing [2].  

Safer workplaces 

Carrying out a robust risk assessment with full workforce involvement will identify the practical measures that can be put in place to minimise the spread of the virus at a workplace level.

Risk assessments and safe systems of work, taking account of physical distancing, hand washing, surface cleaning and fair work principles, will allow safe operation while protecting employee health and well-being. See the Coronavirus (COVID-19): general guidance for safer workplaces, Health Protection Scotland’s COVID-19 - guidance for non-healthcare settings and the Health and Safety Executive website for further information.

 

[1] Information graphs on the correct use of soap and water and hand sanitiser are available. NHS 24 have also published a video advising how hands are washed correctly.

[2] This should be carried out in line with Health Protection Scotland’s COVID-19 - guidance for non-healthcare settings, from section 2.5, page 17


First published: 25 Nov 2020 Last updated: 27 Apr 2021 -