HSE Weekly Bulletin - issued 21 Jan 21
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This week's digest contains links to the latest updates and guidance on protecting workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a new page that provides science and evidence on how to control transmission.
We also have some timely advice around keeping safe at work in wintry conditions. There are also links to our latest job vacancies and details of HSE's recent enforcement activity.
For all the latest updates visit our website.
HSE has specific guidance on when you should make a RIDDOR report (under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) of COVID-19.
You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when:
- an unintended incident at work has led to someone's possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence
- a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease
- a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus
Visit our website for further details on the above, along with examples.
HSE scientific evidence and research on COVID-19 is helping to improve understanding of how to control the risks of virus transmission in workplaces and other settings.
It is used to inform decision making by HSE policymakers and wider government.
We have published a new science and evidence page which includes information on:
- rapid evidence review summaries
- Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
- COVID-19 national core studies
HSE continues to publish the latest coronavirus-related guidance and information, as well as updating previously published content.
For a full range of COVID-related information and advice visit our coronavirus pages. This includes information on:
- Protecting home workers
Advice on lone working without supervision, display screen equipment and stress
- Ventilation and air conditioning during the pandemic
How to identify poorly ventilated areas of your workplace and steps you can take to improve ventilation
As winter is well and truly here, make sure you stay on your feet with HSE's guidance.
With strong winds, heavy rain and low temperatures hitting Britain this week, it is a good time to highlight what a perilous time of year this can be - particularly as slip and trip accidents increase significantly.
There are plenty of seasonal factors to consider when avoiding accidents. Poor lighting, excess water from rain and even gritting can all cause problems.
Take a look at our online guide to avoiding slips and trips in winter weather.
HSE will be holding an online Slips and Trips - Falls Prevention training course on 2 and 3 March.
As part of our 'Safety Excellence in Energy' series, HSE is hosting a free online conference this February...
Safe Net Zero 2021 – Hydrogen is an online conference, running over three consecutive mornings. It will look at the evolving work that is helping to deploy hydrogen as an energy vector as part of the UK's commitment to reduce carbon emissions and become 'net zero' by 2050.
Join us online for what promises to be three mornings of valuable insight, learning, discussion and networking.
The conference is delivered in association with Health and Safety Matters magazine and will be opened by HSE's Chair Sarah Newton.
To register and book your place, visit this link.
Develop a career at HSE and help to protect lives. We have some exciting job opportunities currently available.
For details of the vacancies, follow the links below:
- Principal Scientist Hazardous Materials
(closes 24 January)
- Change & Business Improvement Analyst
(closes 26 January)
- Information Management Service Delivery Manager
(closes 7 February)
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Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:11 by Jon Chitty