The new government guidance released today on returning to work has stated that employers must carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with workers or trade unions before their workforce can return to work. The guidance further states that, if possible, employers should publish the results of their risk assessments on their website and that there is an expectation for all businesses with over 50 employees to do so.

The general secretary of the Unite union has clearly indicated that it will support workers who believe that their working environment is unsafe. 

The strong messages being relayed by trade unions makes it clear that employers will not only be subject to the black letter law requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but also to the demands and increasing pressure from trade unions who will be closely monitoring any COVID-19 risk assessments that are carried out by employers.