Welcome to the HSE Weekly Digest eBulletin - 14 Jan 21
This week's digest contains advice and guidance on protecting homeworkers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We also have information on spot check inspections during the national lockdown.
There are also links to a survey as we look for feedback from those who drive at work and details of HSE's recent enforcement activity.
For all the latest updates visit our website.
If you have people working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, HSE has advice for employers to follow.
Issues you should consider include:
- lone working without supervision
- working with display screen equipment (DSE)
- keeping in touch to recognise signs of stress and mental health problems
Read our advice on how to deal with these issues.
It should also be noted that employers must provide and pay for eye tests for any employees that are display screen equipment (DSE) users – workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time.
With the increase in the number of coronavirus cases and the national lockdown restrictions now in place, all businesses that continue to operate must ensure their workplace is COVID-secure.
To protect workers, visitors and customers, employers must make sure that everyone is following the measures that have been put in place to manage the risks from coronavirus.
During lockdown, HSE will continue to carry out spot checks and inspections on businesses and will be increasing the number of calls and visits to check COVID-secure measures have been implemented in accordance with government guidance.
During the calls and visits, HSE provides advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers and visitors, but where businesses are not managing this, we will take immediate action.
HSE has published a range of coronavirus-related guidance and information, which you may find useful.
- Vulnerable workers
How to protect workers in high-risk groups, clinically extremely vulnerable people and pregnant workers.
- First aid
Requirements in non-healthcare settings during the outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time.
- RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19
Guidance on on when you should make a RIDDOR report of COVID-19
For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus site.
For most people, driving will be one of the most dangerous activity they do and we are interested to hear from people who drive for work, or those who employ them.
It is estimated that one third of all road traffic collisions (RTCs) in Britain involve someone driving as part of their job and countless other RTCs involving people travelling to or from their place of work.
HSE and the Department for Transport produced joint guidance in 2014, INDG382: Driving at work, to help dutyholders manage work-related road risk.
However, in recent years, significant developments in driving technologies and practices have brought the currency of this guidance into question and we want to identify how it can be improved in terms of relevance and accessibility.
Please help us by providing feedback via this short survey.
Share your good ideas and any innovative work practices you have introduced into your business by applying for our 'Risk-reduction through design' award.
We want your business to nominate design changes that have made a real impact on reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) risks for workers.
Full details, including a look at last year's winners, are available on the HSE website.
Please submit your nominations to email@example.com by 31 January 2021.
A company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when his hand came into contact with a rotating bandsaw blade.
The company was fined £60,000. Read this press release for full details.
Other recent enforcement news includes:
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:20 by Jon Chitty