Health and Safety at Work
Companies in the UK have a vicarious liability to protect their staff and customers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 legislation.
Before this pandemic hit the UK, we did not understand how do deal with the virus, but now we do.
In addition to Coronavirus being transmitted directly; person to person transmission, we know that surfaces will harbour the Coronavirus for up to 72 hours. This makes the workplace a particular hot spot for secondary transmission events to staff and customers, meaning it is all the more important for employers to discharge their duties fully, by disinfecting these surfaces on a regular basis with a product that meets the necessary standards.
If products are used that don’t meet the standards it exposes employers to the potential for legal actions and prosecution.