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HSE Stakeholder Bulletin: 4 June 2020

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stakeholder Bulletin.

BIFA wishes to highlight Working safely guidance for factories, plants and warehouses.

Protecting home workers

With many people working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, it is crucial that employers protect them.

Employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.

When someone is working from home, permanently or temporarily, employers must consider a number of factors, including:

Working safely guidance for factories, plants and warehouses

We are working with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable you to work safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the coming weeks, we will highlight BEIS working safely guidance for specific workplaces; this week looking at factories, plants and warehouses.

BEIS have published guidance and a recorded webinar on how to make these workplaces COVID-secure.

HSE has published guidance on carrying out legal requirements for thorough examination and testing (TE&T) of plant and equipment. This is as a result of additional precautions people need to take to help reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus. You can find the guidance here.

Institute of Directors and HSE produce “Leading health and safety at work” leaflet

It is now more important than ever that businesses take a proactive and planned approach to risk management so their businesses can continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ensuring your business is COVID-secure is essential to keeping your workers and customers safe.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) and HSE’s leaflet Leading health and safety at work (INDG417) sets out the principles to help leaders across all industries use a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach to keep their workplaces safe.

Available as a free download, or alternatively to purchase as a hard copy, the leaflet is for use by all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sector.

HSE has also produced the following guides, to keep workers COVID-secure during the outbreak and help you manage the risk from coronavirus in your business:

  • Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - a short guide
    This guide covers who should work, protecting those at higher risk, getting into and leaving work, organising work areas, and good hygiene.

  • Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
    Guidance on consulting your workers and measures to prevent coronavirus in your workplace, making it COVID-secure

Stakeholder feedback on Test and Trace service

We have had positive stakeholder feedback on how the NHS Test and Trace service is enabling businesses to get back on track and staff to return to workplaces.

We would be interested to hear your feedback, which you can email us here

John Dunne, Wates Group Director of Health, Safety and Environment, said:

“At Wates, the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for us, as well as the general public, is always our number one priority.

"We fully support the NHS Test and Trace service that forms a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.  As an employer we are keen to help more of our employees return to normal working life as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

"It is vital that we play our part and by promoting the use of the NHS Test and Trace service and encouraging our employees and other workers to heed any notifications via the service to self-isolate.  We are also committed to continuing to support our employees if and when they may be required to self-isolate.”

The government has launched the NHS service to help businesses continue to work safely at home or return to work with the safety of their workers in mind. Read the guidance for England and the arrangements for Scotland and Wales.

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus microsite.

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