COVID-19 Winter Strategy
Please see the winter strategy guidance for key changes which came into force on the 04 December, including information on the hospitality circuit break and the closure of licensed premises.
While you should still work from home where at all possible, refer to advice for businesses for the latest government guidance.
Note that not all changes will be introduced at the same time. Changes will be phased in during each level.
Regulation of health and safety
Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the legal requirements under health and safety legislation remain unchanged.
Health and Safety Inspectorate: regulating during the COVID-19 outbreak
Our four-phase approach to enforcement for COVID-19
As of Friday 04 December 2020 physical distancing requirements were changed from 1 metre to 2 metre.
Returning to work: A short guide
Are you legionella ready?
All businesses reopening following lockdown must take the appropriate action – before they open - to ensure the safety of their water supplies and eliminate the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.
Managing the legionella risk in workplaces
Legionella risks in hairdressing
Control of legionella bacteria in water systems
Provision of First Aid
During the COVID-19 outbreak first aiders need to be confident that they are able to provide the appropriate level of first aid assistance, taking into account the risks posed by COVID-19. This includes knowing what steps and equipment they can use to minimise risk of infection transmission.
First aid in the workplace during COVID-19
Fire Safety during COVID-19
The Jersey Fire and Rescue Service has issued guidance to businesses highlighting the areas you need to consider in respect of fire safety during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Advice to businesses on fire safety
Statutory thorough examination of plant and equipment including lifts
Guidance for duty holders experiencing difficulty in arranging for statutory inspections.
Construction and allied trades
Permits to operate are now no longer required but measures to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 are still necessary as part of broader risk assessment and safety planning required under the Health and Safety at work Law and the Management in Construction (Jersey) Regulations 2016.
Monitoring of risk assessment and ensuring adequate standards of safety plans, including for reducing COVID-19 risks, will continue to be carried out through health and safety inspections of construction and building sites.
Major projects are still required to be notified to the Health and Safety Inspectorate by the HSPC under the Management in Construction Regulations.
Management in Construction Regulations 2016
Welfare standards observed on construction sites
Health and safety concerns in construction during COVID-19
Concern raised over poor quality face masks
A range of different types of KN95 masks have recently been found to be for sale in Jersey. Initial enquiries suggest that the masks and associated certification has identified that none were able to demonstrate compliance with the necessary safety assessments to be used as PPE.
Although some of the masks have a CE marking it is considered highly unlikely that this is genuine, although enquiries continue.
Anybody supplying or selling KN95 masks should stop doing so immediately and contact the HSI for advice.
PPE: Concern over poor quality KN95 masks