As the government announces a major new wave of easing lockdown, businesses across the UK are set to reopen. While the measures represent what is hoped to be a much-needed lifeline for the economy, a recent professional poll reveals as many as one third (36%) are feeling unconfident about the return to work.

In the survey by online training provider, High Speed Training, which specialises in professional compliance, a close majority, 55%, were in support of social distancing measures being reduced, while one in 10 (11%) were unsure about it.

Thousands have searched online for COVID support from the company during lockdown, leading it to create a dedicated COVID-19 Essentials course to help provide support to office workers and managers feeling apprehensive about navigating new procedures.

The course received more than a 1,000 pre-registrations ahead of going live and covers infection prevention and PPE.


Richard Anderson, Head of Learning and Development at High Speed Training said: “The imminent reopening of businesses is welcome news for the economy and to the livelihood of workers across the country, however it is completely understandable that people will be feeling cautious about their personal role in upholding strict new safety procedures within a work environment. This is brand new terrain that businesses need to navigate confidently.”

In the poll, as many as 40% incorrectly identified the correct temperature for handwashing, which should be between 35 – 45 degrees celsius, hinting at the knowledge gap that exists.

The course includes clear instructions for using PPE and how often it should be changed, along with COVID specific guidance on the correct way to clean and decontaminate the work environment and hand washing techniques.