Guidance for management of COVID-19 in workplaces

Suspected COVID-19 case(s) in the workplace

Guidance as of April 2021.

These are the steps for dealing with suspected COVID-19 case(s) in the workplace:

  1. if employee is in the workplace – isolate away from others and send home (refer to COVID-19: guidance for first responders if personal care is required within 2 metres)
  2. clean and disinfect rooms and equipment the suspected case (refer to COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home) – ensure appropriate PPE (gloves and an apron) are used
  3. advise that the employee gets tested for COVID-19
  4. ensure employee isolates at home for 10 days (from date on onset of symptoms). The rest of the household also need to isolate for 10 days (stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection)
  5. once the result is received, the employee should notify their workplace using usual sickness absence notification procedure

What happens if it is a negative result?

The employee can return to work once well.

What happens if it is a positive result?

If it is a positive result, refer to the following page on confirmed case(s) in the workplace.

Further guidance

If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Health and Safety Executive or Public Health England Health Protection Team

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