Employers’ Liability is significant.

Under the Health & Safety at Work Legislation you must take all reasonably practicable steps to maintain a safe working environment for your staff.

Accordingly an employer may find it useful to consider what are the reasonably practicable steps that they can take, bearing in mind the risks of that their staff and others on their premises face with the Coronavirus Pandemic, to maintain that safe working environment.

It will be interesting to note the position adopted by Insurance Companies bearing Employer's Liability Risks regarding the steps that they will expect their insured to take to reduce, avoid or mitigate their insured risks.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
(Extracts from the regulations)

4. (1) Every employer shall ensure that every workplace, modification, extension or conversion which is under his control and where any of his employees works complies with any requirement of these Regulations which —

(a) applies to that workplace or, as the case may be, to the workplace which contains that modification, extension or conversion; and

(b) is in force in respect of the workplace, modification, extension or conversion.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4), every person who has, to any extent, control of a workplace, modification, extension or conversion shall ensure that such workplace, modification, extension or conversion complies with any requirements of these Regulations which —

(a) applies to that workplace or, as the case may be, to the workplace which contains that modification, extension or conversion;

(b) is in force in respect of the workplace, modification, extension, or conversion; and

(c) relates to matters within that person’s control.

(3) Any reference in this regulation to a person having control of any workplace, modification, extension or conversion is a reference to a person having control of the workplace, modification, extension or conversion in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (whether for profit or not).

(4) Paragraph (2) shall not impose any requirement upon a self-employed person in respect of his own work or the work of any partner of his in the undertaking.

(5) Every person who is deemed to be the occupier of a factory by virtue of section 175(5) of the Factories Act 1961 shall ensure that the premises which are so deemed to be a factory comply with these Regulations.