Coronavirus Information – COVID-19: Guidance A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world, and we know them as flu viruses. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus (flu) first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days.

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COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses Published 25 February 2020 by GOV.UK 1. Background and Scope of guidance This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on: the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 how to help prevent the spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19 what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed

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We are now in a transition period until 31 December 2020, while negotiations with the EU take place about the future relationship. During this transition period, your duty to manage risk in the workplace will not change. Good health and safety is good for business, and it is essential that organisations manage risk well and

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The government have announced that a new regulator, as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will have oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings. Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a board to oversee the transition. The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: The government is committed to bringing about the biggest change

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It may be tempting to try and cover things things up when something goes wrong. Don’t do it. At the least, the Company (and yourself) will fail to learn the necessary lessons, and in the worst case your actions may result in a prison sentence. This is yet another example of work at height not

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In his first annual assessment of fire and rescue services in England, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Fire and Rescue Services Sir Thomas Winsor acknowledges the strong commitment from firefighters to protect the communities they serve. The sector’s greatest strength is in how it responds to emergencies, with demonstration of a number of life-saving initiatives

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Another case of an avoidable fall from height incident leading to serious injury. A company providing a range of airline ground support services has been fined after an employee fell from a height of more than two metres and suffered skull fractures and brain injury Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that in December 2016 RS (of

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The Fire Safety Bill was announced in the Queen’s speech, to … “ensure an appalling tragedy like Grenfell can never happen again” The Bill suggests that it will support the findings of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase One Report, released earlier this year. Outlined as the “main benefits of the Bill”, there is mention of

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Between 7 October – 1 November, the HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This will continue the focus on health, in particular, the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks. Why the focus of Health?

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Vertellus Specialties UK Limited have been fined after an employee fell two metres from a ladder and suffered a serious elbow injury. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that in June 2018, at the company’s site in Northside, Workington, an employee was using a ladder to inspect a steam leak at height when the ladder failed and

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