This resource provides the key principles, information and guidance for workers and organisations re-opening businesses outside of healthcare.
It aims to support good working practices during the COVID-19 outbreak and identifies the support that the RCN can provide. It is is for non-health care settings, it does not address considerations for health care settings where people are managing or supporting people with COVID-19 infection.
Introduction and background
The SARS-COV2 virus which is causing this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to unprecedented demand on health and care sectors but also on the wider population. Closure or ‘lockdown’ of many parts of society have been implemented in order to try and minimise population exposure to the infection and therefore reduce transmission rates. As the Government permit a gradual reopening of businesses many workers are understandably concerned about the risks of coronavirus transmission as social interaction increases with the return to work.
RCN support for you
You may be asked to support your workplaces in ways that you have not previously been asked to. It is important that you are clear about your professional responsibilities and seek support from the RCN if you feel you are being asked to compromise your standards or work outside your competencies.
The RCN website has lots of information that will be relevant – and you can call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 if you need further advice or support.
Also see the RCN clinical pages on occupational health for further information. This includes guidance on consent and confidentiality and record keeping.