Guidance

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

Documents

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers working in care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England

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Putting on PPE for care homes

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Taking off PPE for care homes

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Advice to those working in care homes on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

The guidance includes:

  • PPE recommendations for care home staff
  • frequently asked questions on the use of PPE in care homes
  • examples which help to identify the correct use of PPE when undertaking activities that require physical contact or activities which do not require physical contact but are carried out in close proximity to residents
  • guide to putting on PPE for care homes
  • guide to taking off PPE for care homes

These instruction sheets should be used alongside the video guide to putting on and taking off PPE – a guide for care homes

Please note that this guidance is of a general nature and that an employer should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Published 17 April 2020
Last updated 28 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance now available in HTML format.

  2. Updated guidance to include recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in care homes.

  3. Updated 'How to work safely in care homes' document to provide important updates as set out on page 2.

  4. Information on PPE simplified, flowchart removed, PPE for COVID-19 currently recommended for all care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission, further text changes and additional FAQs added.

  5. Added posters for putting on and taking off PPE.

  6. First published.