Just 46% of workplaces have implemented coronavirus safety measures to protect staff returning to work.
Less than half of workplaces in the UK are following Covid-19 safety guidelines, according to a new survey. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that the majority of workplaces across the country do not enable safety measures, such as social distancing, to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and protect their employees.
While the government has urged workers to head back to their offices, saying that the majority of workplaces are secure against Covid, the survey findings paint a very different picture.
Just 46% of more than 2,100 survey respondents said that their workplace has introduced social distancing measures. Even worse, only 38% said that their employers have carried out a coronavirus risk assessment, which is required by law.
Those in low-paying jobs appear to be the most at risk due to a lack of workplace precautions, with 27% of those earning under £15,000 saying their employers have taken no action to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. People in insecure work are in a similar position, with 38% reporting no employer action to create a safe workplace.
The survey also highlights that workplaces are not the only concern for employees. Some 32% of workers are worried that the unsafe conditions they are working in could result in them bringing Covid-19 into their homes, meaning their households are exposed.
Just under a third (32%) of employees have already raised their concerns with their employers.
Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Making sure workplaces are safe is key to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and getting our economy back on its feet. If we don’t deal with the public health crisis, we won’t be able to deal with the economic one.
“Rather than trying to bully people back into offices, ministers should change the law to require all employers to publish their risk assessments and make sure workplaces are safe.
“And they should crack down on bad bosses who risk their workers’ lives. As we saw with Leicester, it only takes one bad boss playing fast and loose with workers’ safety to shut down an entire city.”
Leicester was subject to a local lockdown in July due to a rise in coronavirus cases, partly due to the unsafe conditions in clothing factories within the cities. Some of these factories were found to be paying employees just £3.50 an hour and had no Covid-19 safety measures in place.
In order to ensure your workplace is as safe as it can be in order to protect workers and avoid Covid-19 transmission, you need to follow the official guidance. From social distancing to protective screens and cleaning, we’ve covered everything you need to know in our blog.