Coronavirus guidance for the financial services sector

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the financial services sector in Scotland on working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Topics include:

  • assessing risk - involving the workforce in a risk-based approach to a safer workplace
  • workforce planning - supporting those who should come to work, and those who should not
  • operational guide and checklist - changing the workplace environment to protect your workforce, including advice on hygiene measures and physical distancing
  • deliveries, distribution and visitors - protecting your workforce and those who come on-site
  • training and compliance
  • other relevant guidance

Companies should use this guidance in collaboration with trade union or employee representatives to develop workplace-specific plans. Measures should be put in place and tested where possible and reflect current guidance.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone who works in the financial services sector in Scotland.

Important information

It is essential that each workplace undertakes a robust and ongoing risk assessment with full input from trade union or employee safety representatives, and to keep all risk mitigation measures under regular review so that workplaces continue to feel, and be, safe.

This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities. It is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains non-statutory guidance to consider when complying with these existing obligations.

When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and staff on zero hours contracts, as well as your employees.

This is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. You may wish to seek your own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

Next steps

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

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