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Coronavirus: Guide to making workplaces safer and priority sector list

5 June 2020


Guidance published on making workplaces safer and priority business sector list

The Department for the Economy has published guidance on making workplaces safer and a list of priority sectors during the current coronavirus crisis.

Workplace safety guide

The Working Through This Together guide sets out principles and practical steps for employers and employees to keep themselves and their workplaces safe. It also highlights the steps to be followed if employers and employees are concerned about safety.

With the NI Executive signalling its intention to make some changes to the Coronavirus Regulations in the weeks ahead, the safety guidance has been updated to take account of additional measures/advice contained in the safety guides for businesses in England alongside the latest public health guidance.

Priority sectors list

The workplace safety guidance is accompanied by a list of priority business sectors. The sectors list aims to clarify what constitutes a priority sector at this time and to support companies to continue their business operations if they can work within social distancing guidelines. 

The list was drawn up by the Engagement Forum on COVID-19 with representatives from business organisations, trade unions, local councils, government, the Health and Safety Executive NI, Public Health Agency and Food Standards Agency.

​​​​The priority sectors list is advisory and serves to allow companies in Northern Ireland to make their own decisions, and the guidance aims to have practical application in the workplace.


First published 17 April 2020