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HSE Stakeholder Bulletin: 28 May 2020

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

BIFA wishes to highlight the Test and Trace Guidance, plus the obligations on employers regarding the provision of Driver Facilities.

NHS test and trace: workplace guidance for England

The NHS test and trace service is designed to support economic recovery and help businesses work safely.

The Test and Trace service will help to manage the risk of the virus re-emerging as restrictions on everyday life are eased.

It is vital that employers play their part to make their workplace COVID-secure and encourage workers to follow any notifications to self-isolate.

Employers have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their workers and should follow the safer workplace guidance on GOV.UK.

We would like you to share your stories with us about what adjustments you are making in your workplace so we can use this in our communications activity with other businesses. Please email us with your comments

Scotland’s Test & Protect approach: advice for employers in Scotland

Test and Protect, Scotland’s approach to implementing the 'test, trace, isolate, support' strategy is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

Employers should follow the guidance on what to do.

Employers have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their workers and should follow the safer workplace guidance on GOV.UK and check for additional sector guidance in Scotland.

Tell us how we can help you work safely

We value your feedback as an influential stakeholder in your industry.

Your help will inform our approach to communicating key information to ensure businesses continue to comply with the law using proportionate risk management.

We would like you to please take 2 minutes to complete this survey.

Department for Transport and HSE issue joint letter on driver’s facilities

HSE has jointly written an open letter with the Department for Transport, to reassure drivers, and to remind employers of their obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

Businesses which make or receive deliveries must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities to support their health and wellbeing whilst carrying out their important work.

Reassurance on the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus

In response to concerns raised about the risks of air conditioning spreading coronavirus, we have issued advice that the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low.

If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.

You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.

If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.

Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

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

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