HSE Weekly Bulletin - issued 22 May 20

HSE Weekly Bulletin - issued 22 May 20

Welcome to the HSE Weekly Digest eBulletin

This week's digest contains information about legionella risks due to water stagnation during the outbreak.

In addition, there are links to guides for keeping workplaces COVID-secure. We also have details of a recent HSE safety alert on vehicles with air suspension systems.

For daily updates visit our website.

Keeping workplaces COVID-secure

We have provided guidance that will help you keep your workplace safe (COVID-secure)

Our guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak includes practical measures you can take that will help you manage the risk.

There are two downloadable guides designed to help you keep people safe while running your business:

  • a short guide on how to do a COVID risk assessment and manage the risk in your workplace. This includes taking measures to work at home where possible, maintaining social distancing, cleaning and hygiene

  • a guide on talking with your workers about making your workplace COVID-secure and involving them in the steps you are taking to protect them and others

Further detailed guidance is available on Gov.uk for specific industries and sectors.

Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the outbreak

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.

If your building has been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of legionnaires' disease.

Our website has detailed guidance on managing legionella risks during the outbreak and how to protect people when the water system is reinstated or returned to use.

Safety alert on vehicles with air suspension systems

A safety alert has been issued by HSE for those carrying out, or responsible for, work on vehicles with air suspension systems.

HSE has investigated several serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles.

The two main causes are:

  • collapse of inadequately supported vehicles
  • unintended rupture or release of components from the air suspension system

The safety alert has more information, including actions that should be taken to prevent similar incidents.

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 11:18 by Jon Chitty

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