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We scour the Internet for Health and Safety related news items on an almost daily basis.

The news articles and clippings, curated by MD Safety, highlight the requirements for compliance with UK Health and Safety Legislation and best practice across all industry sectors.

The majority of the information and cases will apply to a greater or lesser degree to our broad range of Clients and lessons to be learned will be able to be gained.

HSE includes Covid-19 in reporting regs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated statutory reporting regulations to clarify how Covid-19 incidents should be reported as injuries at work. The RIDDOR regulations cover serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences. They apply to all areas of employment, including roles in waste and recycling.

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Carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE  recognises the potential challenges when carrying out legal requirements for  thorough examination and testing (TE&T) of plant and equipment as a result of additional precautions people need to take to help reduce risk of  transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  The law for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) remain in place.

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Competent Advice remains absolutely vital in the application process for SSIP certification with SMAS Worksafe

SMAS have provided clarity regarding their application process during the Covid-19 crisis as regards competent advice. 

Even though the changes in application mean that we can enable our members to opt to use information from the previous years assessment, (providing this comes with confirmation it reflects their current procedures) it still remains vital that this information is still overseen and managed by a professional acting on behalf of a company as their competent advice.

SMAS Workafe must see evidence that an organisation has access to competent Health & Safety advice at point of assessment. 

It is crucial that a competent person with the relevant skills, knowledge and experience has ensured the Health & Safety management system the organisation has in place is both appropriate and applicable.

We will communicate this to our members directly too but would encourage you to speak with your own clients due to renew their SSIP certification to explain that the changes to the application process provide some flexibility on documentation but that the presence of expert competent advice is still a critical element of the approval requirement and therefore your continued involvement in supporting them with SSIP renewals is important.  

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Most construction firms say they can run sites safely, says survey

Most businesses believe they can follow coronavirus health guidelines and still keep sites open but face a challenge to convince workers that they are safe.  That’s according to a new survey conducted by Construction Manager and the Chartered Institute of Building of more than 1,000 industry professionals.  More than half (56%) of those surveyed said their organisations were keeping all or some sites open. Of these, 57% said sites were staying open because their employers believed health guidelines and rules around social distancing could be followed.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – HSE Stakeholder Bulletin

Welcome to the HSE Stakeholder Bulletin for Coronavirus (COVID-19) providing a round-up of the latest news and updates out this week on workplace health and safety issues.

The HSE website has the latest guidance and information for employers and employees, including updated advice.

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Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance

Government advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19).  

This is a list of tailored advice for different scenarios as an example of how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers in England to help protect their workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade. 

These are not intended to be comprehensive or to represent every business’s situation, but are illustrative examples.

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Health and Safety Executive updates welding fume extraction regulations

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released an updated best practises guide on welding fume extraction.  In response to the new guide, Engweld, a supplier of engineering and welding equipment, has summarised the update and highlighted the key changes which may affect its customer base.  New enforcement expectations require all businesses undertaking welding activities to ensure that effective engineering controls are provided and used correctly to control fumes arising from welding activities.

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Advice

IOSH Coronavirus Advice and support

Employers and occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals have a vital role to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus.  In an effort to mitigate the spread of the disease, an increasing number of employers are making efforts to modify working patterns, including encouraging staff to work from home if they develop any of the symptoms.  During a worldwide emergency like this, many employees can feel anxious and concerned about their health, safety and wellbeing. It is important that employers communicate with their staff in order to allay these concerns to the best of their ability.

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Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The latest COVID-19 information from the HSE, TUC and CBI:

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Lone working

A summary of your duties to protect lone workers

Protect lone workers from  stress and other work-related health problems

How to make sure lone workers are healthy and safe

How to train lone workers,  keep in touch with them and monitor their health and safety

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