This section of our website contains up-to-date authoritative guidance on dealing with coronavirus in a work setting.  It is being updated regularly.

Government Publication – 2 April 2020

The Council for Work and Health were were pleased to be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of this new guidance:

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)

Guidance from ARMA:

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Guidance from BACP:


Press release from BOHS: 06 BOHS on RPE for NHS staff

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Guidance from CSP:

Cordell Health

Guidance from Cordell Health: 20200320 Briefing for Clients v5. 30 Mar 2020


Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM)

Guidance from FOM:



Guidance from the Government:

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Guidance from HSE:

HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stakeholder eBulletin  2 April 2020:


Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Guidance from IOSH:


Guidance from the NHS:


NHS Employers

Guidance from NHS Employers:   The COVID-19 guidance for the NHS workforce is now available, to help you provide protection and support for your staff.


NHS England and NHS Improvement

Please find the link attached to the recently published Clinical guide to adult critical care during the coronavirus pandemic: staffing framework.

This forms part of a suite of guides on the NHS England website  aimed at specialists working in hospitals in England during the pandemic. They are not prescriptive and can be adapted to local service provision and geography. They should help departments continue essential care for patients within their speciality whilst supporting the wider hospital and community in providing care for patients with coronavirus.

Public Health England (PHE)

Guidance from PHE:

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

Guidance from the RCOG:

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Guidance from the RCOT:

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

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Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM)

SOM has produced a draft advice sheet as attached. Note the response from HSE re OH, here. An RCPI master class on COVID-19 is here.

SOM members are welcome to join a weekly Wednesday morning COVID-19 SOM teleconference at 9.30am to take queries and add to the advice sheet. Please call 020 3514 1993 – then enter SOM Conference phone number 1 647 953 4692#. SOM Council will be meeting every Friday morning to review any issues.

Two SOM member email discussion groups for COVID-19 questions & discussions have been set up:

UK International COVID-19 OH discussion email group –Join here

And an international COVID-19 OH email discussion group –Join here

See attached a presentation about Occupational Health and Safety issues for Healthcare Workers from the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy — presented by Dr. Claudio Colosio. The link to the recording of his presentation ishere. Dr. Colosio is an occupational physician and is head of the Occupational Health Service of the University Hospital in Milano, Italy. The presentation slides show that regular surgical masks are adequate PPE for healthcare workers. Also, in the presentation slides, Dr. Colosio reports the guidelines they have developed for the “Surveillance Protocol for Healthcare Professionals” that include the COVID-19 Screening, Fitness for Duty, Stay at Work and Return to Work protocols they have successfully implemented.

  • 90% positive cases are asymptomatic
  • General symptoms: Dry cough, dyspnea, sore throat, fever, diarrhea: (BUT also: anosmia, dysgeusia, conjunctival hyperemia)
  • Our workers positive to COVID-19 did not need intensive therapy (working age patients have not had fatal outcome)
  • To avoid virus spreading is important to identify contacts immediately
  • FFP 2 e FFP3–only for operator protection during maneuvers that create aerosols (e.g. bronchoscopy)
  • Surgical Mask stops inlet and outlet droplets

A WHO report on their visit to China is here. Finally, in response to our message for volunteers to help the NHS occupational health community, thanks to all of you who have volunteered. The details are now available on a secure page and a message has gone out to them to inform them of this.  We are encouraging NHS OH departments to make direct contact in the event that they need additional support and to discuss their needs.

Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM)

Additional advice from SOM

SOM Advice March 23rd 2020 a

We wanted to share the recording and slides from a WHO webinar on #Occupational #Health Measures in the Preparedness and Response to #COVID-19 at the Workplace – in case you were unable to join. A copy of the slides are available here:

A recording of the full webinar is available here:

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Guidance from WHO: World Health Organisation