Coronavirus guidance for employers on investigation of outbreaks in manufacturing businesses

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What does this involve?

This guidance explains to manufacturing businesses what to expect if there is an investigation into a suspected outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) in their workforce. It also outlines how the Incident Management Team (IMT) will decide on the actions needed to stop the further spread of Covid-19 in the workplace and the wider community. 

This information should be used alongside the guidance for safe restart in the manufacturing sector.

Topics include:

  • Controlling Covid-19 in the workplace
  • Preparing for an Incident Management Team (IMT)
  • How decisions are taken
  • Actions recommended by an Incident Management Team (IMT)
  • Powers to close a business
  • Re-opening considerations
  • Control measures summary

This document also points employers to additional guidance on:

  • How to control the spread of Covid-19 in their business
  • What they need to do when an outbreak is identified in their workforce
  • How health protection teams will decide on the actions that need to be taken to protect public health

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Manufacturing businesses in Scotland which may have to prepare for an Incident Management Team (IMT) investigation into a potential coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in their workplace.

How long does this take?

It takes around 30 minutes to read the full guidance.

Important information

This document is only a guide to the types of questions that they are likely to be asked during an outbreak investigation, and the broad principles that the IMT will use to make decisions. Every outbreak is different, and different steps may be needed to protect public health in different outbreak situations. This can affect whether a business must close or can remain open.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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