Revised Royal Mail Coronavirus/Covid-19 Risk Assessments Following Revised Social Distancing

No: 386/2020

20th July 2020 For the Immediate Attention of All:


Postal Branches Divisional Representatives Territorial Engineering Representatives Area Processing Representatives Area Distribution Representatives Area Delivery Representatives


Dear Colleagues


Revised Royal Mail Coronavirus/Covid-19 Risk Assessments Following Revised Social Distancing Government Guidance (2M to 1M)


Branches will be aware that Royal Mail issued revised guideline documents and SSOW based on revised Government advice on Friday 17th July 2020 in regard to social distancing arrangements on certain specific operational tasks within Mail Centres/RDC’s. Reports received from the field suggested that in some instances Representatives were being informed that the change represented a carte blanche reduction from 2m to 1m in relation to social distancing across all functions.


A meeting was therefore arranged this morning between the CWU Operational Departments, the CWU Health and Safety Department and the Royal Mail Senior Management Operational and Safety leads to seek clarification.


We can now advise, that following changes to Government advice in England and Northern Ireland a joint review of the current Covid-19 social distancing arrangements across all functions, was undertaken by the Royal Mail and CWU Health and Safety Departments. The review activity included input from nominated CWU Area Safety Representatives. As part of the review three areas were identified where it was established that amendments to the current arrangements could be safely made, with mitigation.


– Bullrings


– Incline Conveyors


– In Cab Training –Large Fleet >3.5T



Revised SSOW have been agreed