Returning safely

With Covid-19 lockdown measures easing in many parts of the world, you may now need to support the safe return to workplaces. This presents various challenges, especially with restrictions such as social distancing still in place. This online hub of advice and resources will help you navigate a safe path with guidance in our four Returning safely areas - safe people, safe workplaces, safe systems and safe equipment. 

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E-learning modules 

We have developed free e-learning modules to help support employees and managers on the safety and health risks during Covid-19.

Once completed, have a look through this online hub for more detailed information about how you can return safely back to the workplace. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in safety and health, we have official e-learning courses which provide safety advice for managers, employees across all industries.

Our policy position 

Health and safety must come first when considering restarting work during the Covid-19 outbreak, protecting workforces and communities and enhancing engagement and productivity.

For organisations, it’s about a systematic plan–do–check–act approach and forward-thinking employers have already been planning for safely restarting work, once allowed to cautiously do so.

Read the full statement

Returning safely - four areas to consider

Other useful advice and information

Call our free helpline on +44 (0)116 257 3199

Do you need advice on occupational health and safety to manage the risks of Covid-19, including returning people to work safely? Our friendly team of experts is here to help you. They’re just one phone call away (free of charge).

If you are a member, you also have access to employment law advice, which can help you understand your employers’ legal obligations when returning employees back to the workplace. All you have to do is quote your membership number.


Returning to work after Covid-19 – the role of the OSH and HR professionals



  • James Quinn, IOSH President Elect


  • Malcolm Shiels, Chair IOSH Construction Group, Director Head of CDM Summers-Inman Ltd
  • Keith Hole, Vice Chair IOSH Construction Group, Director and Thought Leader TSM UK 
  • David D’Souza, Director of Membership, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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News Release

IOSH has written a news release on this subject, which has been distributed to media, outlining our position right now. Read more on Return to work after Covid-19.