Fitness for Work following COVID-19 Absence

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Interim Guidance for Employers on Fitness for Work following COVID-19 Absence 

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This guidance sets out the steps involved in determining/assessing Fitness for Work of any worker, after an absence due to COVID-19 Infection or suspected infection. This Guidance should be considered within an organisation’s existing sickness and absence management procedures and policies.

Note: This interim guidance is published in collaboration with the National Standing Oversight Committee (NSOC) on Cases and Outbreaks of COVID-19 in High Risk Workplace Settings. This is interim guidance and it will be reviewed and updated as public health advice and government advice change. The Guidance applies to non-Healthcare workers. Specific guidance for Healthcare workers can be found here.

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Appendix 1 Interactive Checklists PDF - Interim Guidance for Employers on Fitness for Work following COVID-19 Absence 

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This document contains three interactive checklists:

  • Checklist A: Returning to work following a suspected case of COVID-19
  • Checklist B: Returning to work following a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Checklist C: Worker unfit to return to work following a confirmed case of COVID-19

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Interim Guidance for Workers on Fitness for Work following COVID-19 Absence 

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This guide is designed to assist workers returning to the workplace following a COVID-19 related absence.