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Useful information for employers and employees about the Coronavirus

COVID-19 or Coronavirus is becoming a top priority for employers around the world. This developing pandemic event is putting pressure on already stretched employers to do more to keep up to date and protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. As the UK is set to move into the delay phase of the coronavirus outbreak, the British Safety Council will keep you up to date with consolidated advice from reputable sources.

Free training

The British Safety Council is also offering free resources to anyone who needs them to help manage the implications of moving towards a more remote workforce during the coronavirus outbreak – the free resources include: 

NEW! Free COVID19 Webinar

Listen to the recording of our recent webinar that covered the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indian employers and employees and solutions for business recovery.
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Remote Workers - Health, Safety, and Welfare course 

This course is aimed at both employers and employees. Remote working is working away from the office. This may mean working at home, but it also includes mobile-working anywhere in the world. Employers are required to protect the health, safety and welfare of all employees. This includes those working remotely.  Employers are also responsible for all equipment they supply. Please contact us if you would like us to put the course on your existing learning management system 

Managing Stress Within Your Team course 

This course is aimed at both employers and employees. Essential for every responsible manager, this course highlights some of the pressures their teams might face, helps managers become more aware of their own actions and behaviours, and most importantly it helps manage and reduce stress levels within their team. 

Start the Conversation course 

This course is aimed at both employers and employees. ‘Start the conversation’ is a 45-minute session which gets people thinking about mental health and talking about mental health. 

Managing Mental Health

Provides line managers with the skills and confidence to listen to and talk with someone who feels that they need to share a problem regarding their mental health.

Stress Awareness

This practical online course will help employees identify, manage and reduce their own stress. It will also make them aware of the consequences of not doing so.



NHS Overview- Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Read in full on the NHS website

Symptoms of coronavirus 

  • a cough 
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. 

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. 


How coronavirus is spread 

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. 


How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus 


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available 
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze 
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards 
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean 

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it: stay at home and avoid close contact with other people

Treatment for coronavirus 

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered. 



Recent travel 

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. 

If you've recently travelled abroad, see coronavirus advice for travellers to find out what to do. 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, instead use the NHS 111 (UK only) online coronavirus service to find out what to do nextThe 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help. Use the 111 coronavirus service  



Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open 

Wales: call 111 

Northern Ireland: call 111 


General employee and employer advice 

For employers and employees Acas has put together some advice.



World Health Organisation


National Travel Health Network and Centre / National Health Pro



Indian Bureau of Immigration

Indian High Commission

World Health Organisation



UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention

World Health Organisation



Ministry of Public Health

World Health Organisation



The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organisation

Safety Management Magazine

You can also keep up to date on the latest news around coronavirus via our online Safety Management magazine:

Coronavirus and the workplace: the latest

Coronavirus another reason to promote home working, says lawyer