Response to concerns from the PDA about reporting of exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace

We have responded to a letter from the PDA which sets out concerns that community pharmacy employers may be failing to report instances of exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In our response, we emphasise that we expect pharmacy owners to keep up to date with and follow relevant guidance produced by other authorities such as the HSE, to help ensure that they are meeting their legal responsibilities, including in relation to reporting instances of exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace.

The HSE has published clear guidance on the expectations and duties in relation to reporting cases of Covid-19 transmission that happened in the workplace under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013.  This includes guidance for the employer about using their judgement on whether or not a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 is likely to have been caused by an occupational exposure and when to report. 

You can read our full response to the PDA here.  [PDF 159 KB]