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Reporting COVID 19 Cases

The details of the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care on when am employer should report cases of COVID-19 as part of the Management of COVID Outbreaks is given in the attached AMM.

BCSA has discussed the implications of this with PHE as this could mean where an employer has at least two separate employees inform them they have a positive test but may have been already absent for holidays or due to isolating as another family member has the symptoms, etc, then why is it the responsibility of the employer to address this as a workplace outbreak?

PHE guidance states that confirmed cases as – If the employee has attended work in the 2 days before the onset/test date or 10 days after the workplace must report this to PHE.

If your employee did not attended work the 2 days before the onset/test date or 10 days after no further action needs to be taken. But it would be a good opportunity to review your infection, prevention control measures.

Peter Walker

BCSA Director Health, Safety and Training

Email: pete.walker@steelconstruction.org