Joint statement between HSE, the TUC and the CB reinforces the PDA’s health and safety message

A joint statement between the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), the TUC and the CBI was recently released to clarify their joint position on safety at work. This statement was released just two days after the PDA issued an article reminding employers of their health & safety responsibilities.

Thu 9th April 2020 The PDA

The below joint statement reinforces the PDA’s message that employers have a strict legal duty to protect the health and safety of their staff at work and this extends beyond simply relying upon a government process. 

Coronavirus: A joint statement between HSE, the TUC and the CBI

3rd April 2020

This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to work away from home.

This joint statement between the Health and Safety Executive, the TUC and the CBI is intended to clarify the position. The health and safety of workers remains paramount. Employers must continue to provide workers with information about risks to their health and the actions their employers must take.

Social distancing is a key public health measure introduced by Public Health England to reduce the spread of infection. Most employers are going to great lengths to ensure social distancing wherever possible. The HSE, CBI and TUC wish to publicly support these efforts. Firms that can safely stay open and support livelihoods should not be forced to close by misunderstandings about government guidance.

But If it comes to the HSE’s attention that employers are not complying with the relevant Public Health England guidance (including enabling social distancing where it is practical to do so), HSE will consider a range of actions ranging from providing specific advice to employers through to issuing enforcement notices, including prohibition notices.

Where a worker has a genuine concern about health and safety which cannot be resolved through speaking with their employer or trade union, they should contact the relevant enforcement agency – either their local authority, or the HSE through

For firms who are unsure about the guidance, please visit

The above article was originally published here.

With the whole system under strain, the PDA feel the safety and welfare of frontline staff needs to be considered more than ever and issues of immediate concern to pharmacists include:

  • The provision of PPE and COVID testing for the pharmacy team
  • Arrangements for patients to comply with social distancing
  • Abuse from patients and customers and the employer response to such behaviour
  • Increasing risk from the sheer volume of workload in pharmacies, including storage of items and inadequate resources

PDA’s recent article ‘PDA reminds employers of their health & safety responsibilities’ can be found here.

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