Last updated: 25 August 2021
Please Note: Updates to this page
Occupational Health's services and advice are regularly reviewed to reflect the changing national and local advice, guidance surrounding COVID-19, and feedback from our service users.
We will update this page with additional information as it becomes relevant; please check back regularly for updates.
On 19th July 2021 the remaining COVID restrictions in England were lifted. Scotland and Wales have their own arrangements.
As restrictions are removed and organisations move towards further reopening and returning to the physical workplace, we will all need to remain mindful of advice that continues to emerge. Occupational Health Services (OHS) will assist HR and managers with planning and implementing any return to the workplace in a way that cares for people and safeguards their health and wellbeing.
The legal obligation for home working ended for most people in England on 19th July 2021. The government has recommended a gradual return to the workplace for those that choose to implement a return. The government advice emphasises that because new COVID-19 variants are spreading in some parts of England there may be additional regional advice. The University will consider the risk within specific workplaces and decide which mitigations are needed.
The government's Working Safely guidance provides precautions that employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers. It is quite clear that the Unviersity have a legal and moral duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. This includes the importance of carrying out health and safety risk assessments for premises and departments, plus conducting individual health risk assessments for those that may be considered to be more vulnerable to adverse effects if they were to acquire COVID infection.
The University has published guidance on a number of areas relating to its response to COVID-19 including specifics on University arrangements for returning to onsite working and the use of face coverings:
University guidance on the Return to On-site Working (RTOSW)
University guidance on the use of face coverings
University guidance on health measures
The following topics are areas where Occupational Health Services may provide assistance or signpost you to further guidance (please note this not an exhaustive list):