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Coronavirus Business Advice

Published on 16 December 2021

Coronavirus Business Advice

Guidance and toolkit on working safely during COVID-19

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have updated the working safely guidance for several sectors which cover a range of different types of work including construction, shops, restaurants and offices.

 

Ventilation and air conditioning guidance and materials for councils and businesses

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made available guidance to help councils and businesses identify poor ventilation in work areas and take practical steps to improve it.

HSE has also made available a series of new ventilation guidance videos setting out the key advice and examples of how businesses have improved ventilation to reduce COVID-19 transmission. With winter approaching, HSE has also revised the guidance on balancing ventilation and keeping warm.

 

The COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 Information for Landlords on Ventilation

If you have responsibility as a landlord, whether in the Social Rented Sector or Private Rental Sector, we ask that you help us in our efforts to encourage behaviours to help combat the virus and cascade the message of the importance of good ventilation to your residents.

To support the health of your residents, there are several things you, as a landlord, should do to enable ventilation in and around your residents’ homes:

  • Ensure that all habitable rooms have functioning openable windows (including providing replacement keys where these have been misplaced/lost) - ideally with opening areas of at least 1120th of the floor area;
  • Ensure that all bathrooms/kitchens have either functioning openable windows and/or (preferably both) appropriate functioning extract ventilation;
  • Consider installing positive pressure or constant run ventilation systems to ensure there is adequate background ventilation and to reduce the likelihood of condensation, and ensure that such systems are operating effectively, with filters etc replaced at appropriate intervals;
  • Ensure that tenants have clear instructions and understand how to operate ventilation and heating systems, and are advised on the best ways to achieve a healthy and economic balance of heating, ventilation and moisture production within the home;
  • Ensure that problems with damp are fully investigated and addressed promptly.

We also request that you prioritise as far as possible any planned or known works that might improve ventilation, such as repairing broken safety catches on windows for those concerned about security or a fall hazard.

 

Infection control

For specific guidance on infection control in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) see:

 

Licensing advice

Taxis and private hire vehicles

Updated guidance on COVID-19 for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles has been published.

This is for drivers, operators and owners of taxi and private hire vehicles to protect against coronavirus. 

 

Travelling by taxi?

Even after you have received a vaccine, you should continue to follow this guidance on how to travel safely when using taxis or private hire vehicles.

Follow the advice of the operator and driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.

Where possible open windows for ventilation when in the vehicle.

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

When finishing your journey, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

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