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Managing an outbreak in your business setting

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important it is to manage hygiene, health and safety and business continuity in our business settings.

Top tips for employers:

  • Keep up-to-date business risk assessments that include risks from infectious disease. Preventative measures will include
    • asking staff to diligently look out for symptoms.
    • encourage eligible staff to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and other staff members.
    • good levels of ventilation
    • good standards of hand hygiene
    • regular touch-point cleaning
  • Inform staff to stay at home if they are unwell so as not to spread disease. Make provision for staff to work from home, if possible.
  • Update business continuity plans
  • Monitor levels of illness / absence in your business.
  • Seek help from the local outbreak management hub if you are concerned about a severe disruption to your business operation indicated by:
    • A higher than previously experienced and/or rapidly increasing number of staff absences due infection / symptoms.
    • Evidence of severe disease, for example if a staff member is admitted to hospital.


Contact us

For business outbreak management advice not addressed by the linked guidance please email your completed outbreak management recording from to:

Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.