Social distancing checklist based on ‘Working Safely During Covid-19’ guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Coming to work and leaving
- Stagger arrival / departure times to reduce crowding.
- Provide additional car parking or bike-racks, where possible.
- Reduce congestion by using more entry points
- Provide more storage for workers for clothes and bags.
- Use one-way flow at entry and exit points.
- Provide hand-washing facilities, or hand sanitiser where not possible, at entry/exit points.
- Avoid using touch-based security devices such as keypads.
- Use alternative processes for entry/exit points where appropriate (e.g. avoid turnstiles requiring pass checks in favour of showing a pass to security at a distance).
Moving around buildings and worksites
- Reduce movement by discouraging non-essential trips within buildings
- Limit access between different areas of a building or site.
- Reduce job and location rotation.
- Introduce more one-way flow through buildings.
- Reduce maximum occupancy for lifts, providing hand sanitiser for the operation of lifts and encouraging use of stairs.
- Regulate use of high traffic areas including corridors, lifts turnstiles and walkways to maintain social distancing.
- Make sure that people with disabilities are able to access lifts.
Workplaces and workstations
- Review layouts and processes to allow people to work further apart from each other.
- Use floor tape or paint to mark areas to help workers keep to a 2m distance. Where not possible, people should work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face.
- Where it is not possible to move workstations further apart, use screens to separate people from each other.
- Manage occupancy levels to enable social distancing.
- Avoid the use of hot desks / spaces. Where not possible, clean workstations and equipment between different occupants
- Use remote working tools to avoid in-person meetings.
- Only absolutely necessary participants should attend meetings, maintaining 2m separation.
- Provide hand sanitiser in meeting rooms.
- Hold meetings outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms.
- For areas where regular meetings take place, use floor signage to help people maintain social distancing.
- Allocate areas for guests to arrive and wait for meetings, maintaining 2m separation.
- Provide safe toilet facilities for guests.
- Work collaboratively with landlords and other tenants in multi-tenant buildings to ensure consistency across common areas
- Stagger break times to reduce pressure on break rooms or canteens.
- Use safe outside areas for breaks.
- Create additional space by using other parts of the building that have been freed up by remote working.
- Install screens to protect staff in receptions or similar areas.
- Provide packaged meals to avoid fully opening staff canteens or encourage workers to bring their own food.
- Reconfigure seating and tables to maintain spacing and reduce face-to-face interactions.
- Encourage staff to remain on-site and, when not possible, maintaining social distancing while off-site.
- Regulate use of locker rooms, changing areas and other facility areas to reduce concurrent usage.
- Encourage storage of personal items and clothing in personal storage spaces, for example, lockers and during shifts.
Accidents, security and other incidents
- In an emergency, for example, an accident or fire, people do not have to stay 2m apart if it would be unsafe.
- People involved in the provision of assistance to others should pay particular attention to sanitation measures immediately afterwards, including washing hands.