Reports of employees being made to work in the office despite COVID-19 outbreak

Reports of employees being made to work in the office despite COVID-19 outbreak


10th February 2021

Management Today - 10 February 2021

Wearing masks and social distancing have been common practice for almost a year, yet the UK’s independent health and safety regulator is still receiving a high number of complaints on Covid-19 practices in the workplace.

Between 6 and 14 January alone, nearly 4,000 employees were so concerned for their safety that they blew the whistle to the Health and Safety Executive. 

Sadly, being forced to go into a workplace that isn’t Covid-compliant isn’t a new trend: since the pandemic started, the HSE has received 134,000 complaints. (For context, the HSE issued 7,000 notices in 2019, in response to 32,000 complaints.)

Analysis by GQ|Littler found that almost half of Covid whistleblower reports to HSE last year related to employers failing to implement social distancing rules.


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