Corona Virus

COVID-19 Support

The latest industry updates and guidance during the Covid-19 crisis.

This page will continue to be updated as news becomes available.

17/09/2020 - 07:40am - This week's digest contains information on supporting workers with stress and mental health conditions, as well as health and safety news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). HSE Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Guidance and all the Latest Health and Safety News and Advice


15/09/2020 - 10:49am - This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. DIT East Midlands: Special News Bulletin: COVID-19


11/09/2020 - 04:20pm - Social distancing should form part of your business’s risk assessment and is one of the steps needed to make your workplace COVID-secure. HSE Stakeholder eBulletin: 11 September 2020


11/09/2020 - 03:22pm - Bolton and Trafford are the latest areas the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is specifically targeting with spot inspections to ensure workplaces are COVID-secure. Spot Inspections Target Bolton and Trafford


10/09/2020 - 03:20pm - his week's digest contains information on the latest health and safety news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). HSE Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Guidance and all the Latest Health and Safety News


03/09/2020 - 11:50am - This week's digest contains the latest health and safety news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as information on protecting new workers. HSE Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Updates and all the Latest Health and Safety News


26/08/2020 - 03:20pm - This week's digest contains the latest health and safety news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as information on spot inspections taking place. HSE Weekly Digest: The Latest Coronavirus Health and Safety News


21/08/2020 - 04:41pm - Following work in other regions, HSE is working alongside local councils and local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in the confirmed coronavirus cases in the area. HSE Stakeholder eBulletin: 21 August 2020


21/08/2020 - 02:27pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out further spot inspections at businesses in Oldham and Pendle to ensure all workplaces are COVID-secure as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the areas. HSE Continues Spot Inspections in Oldham and Pendle


20/08/2020 - 07:10am - This week's digest contains the latest health and safety news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). HSE Weekly Digest: All the Latest Coronavirus Health and Safety News


13/08/2020 - 05:44pm - HSE are contacting businesses to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. HSE Stakeholder eBulletin: 13 August 2020


12/08/2020 - 04:20 - Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors are busy contacting and visiting businesses in Swindon to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure and help tackle a local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. HSE is Checking Businesses in Swindon are COVID-Secure


11/08/2020 - 02:00pm - You must ensure that workers and other people visiting your workplace understand and comply with the measures you put in place and that your workplace is COVID-secure. HSE Construction eBulletin: August 2020


11/08/2020 - 10:54am - This week's digest contains the latest advice on how good ventilation can help to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading in the workplace. HSE Weekly Digest - 11/08/2020


10/08/2020 - 03:55pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is contacting businesses in Greater Manchester to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. HSE is Making sure Businesses in Greater Manchester are COVID-Secure


03/08/2020 - 1:27pm - HSE is committed to making sure employers are managing the coronavirus risks that apply to their workplaces. HSE Weekly Digest - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stakeholder Bulletin


29/07/2020 - 12:35pm - This week's digest contains the latest advice on social distancing in the workplace to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Weekly Digest: Social Distancing Advice and the Latest Health and Safety News


27/07/2020 - 04:20pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is out and about talking to businesses in Blackburn and the surrounding areas to ensure they are COVID-secure to help tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HSE Urges Blackburn Businesses to take five steps to Become COVID-Secure


27/07/2020 - 10:53am - This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. DIT East Midlands: Special News Bulletin


21/07/020 - 04:44pm - This week's digest contains advice on how to clean and disinfect large areas during the coronavirus outbreak. We have information on spot inspections HSE is carrying out to ensure workplaces are COVID-secure too. HSE Weekly Digest: COVID-Secure Workplaces and the Latest Health and Safety News


13/07/2020 - 12:57pm - The DWP has announced a significant package that builds on and bolsters the existing support offered by our jobcentres. DWP - Chancellors Announcement update and Mental Health Support


10/07/2020 - 7:09am - Making your workplace COVID-secure and the latest health and safety news Making your workplace COVID-secure and the latest health and safety news


09/07/2020 - 16:05pm - This bulletin has been provided to us by the HSE HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stakeholder Bulletin


08/07/2020 - 17:31pm - DWP Covid 19 update and ONS information DWP Covid 19 update and ONS information 08 July 2020


08/07/2020 - 17:08pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 08 July 2020


07/07/2020 - 11:00am - This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 - 07 July


02/07/2020 - 05:32pm - In such a fast moving situation, the Health and Safety Executive wanted to provide the right information to the right people at this time. HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Local Stakeholder Bulletin


02/07/2020 - 05:30pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure as more sectors open their doors this weekend. HSE Urges Businesses to Become COVID-Secure


02/07/2020 - 03:22pm - This week's digest contains details about a COVID-19 specific risk assessment, advice on protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus outbreak, as well as advice for employers and businesses in the manufacturing sector that are returning to work. HSE Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Risk Assessment and all the latest Health and Safety News


27/06/2020 - 01:01pm - BLF's medical director, Nick Hopkinson, gives his take on the recent changes to shielding guidance in England. A Message about Shielding from Nick Hopkinson - British Lung Foundation


26/06/2020 - 01:09pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 26 June 2020


25/06/2020 - 11:04am - This week's digest contains links to advice on gas safety, and air conditioning and ventilation, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HSE Weekly Digest: Advice on Air Conditioning and Ventilation and the Latest Coronavirus


24/06/2020 - 06:53pm - To support citizens who may be struggling and need support a new ‘Find Help’ tool has been launched on GOV.UK. DWP COVID-19 Updates 24 June 2020


24/06/2020 - 01:15pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 24 June 2020


22/06/2020 - 02:29pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 22 June 2020


19/06/2020 - 01:19pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 19 June 2020


18/06/2020 - 01:50pm - This week's digest contains links to advice on using personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as advice on wearing face coverings and face masks, during the coronavirus outbreak. HSE Weekly Digest: Advice on PPE and the latest coronavirus updates


17/06/2020 - 12:25pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 17 June 2020


15/06/2020 - 12:27pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 15 June 2020


12/06/2020 - 10:09am - This week's digest contains links to our recently published guide to making your workplace COVID-secure. HSE Weekly Digest: Make your workplace COVID-secure


12/06/2020 - 09:33am - New figures show the extent of UK Government coronavirus support for Scottish jobs and self-employed people. DWP COVID-19 Updates 12 June


11/06/2020 - 02:32pm - HSE has issued a safety alert about the poor quality of face masks claiming to be KN95. HSE Safety Alert issued: Use of face masks designated KN95


11/06/2020 - 12:06pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 11 June 2020


10/06/2020 - 01:38pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 10 June 2020


09/06/2020 - 10:47am - This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 - 9 June


08/06/2020 - 05:37pm - Business Secretary Alok Sharma is creating 5 new business-focused groups to unleash Britain’s growth potential and create jobs, as part of the government’s plans to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. DWP COVID-19 Updates 8 June


08/06/2020 - 01:38pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 8 June 2020


05/06/2020 - 04:22pm - Roundup of recent DWP announcements. Touchbase Coronavirus Special - 5 June 2020


04/06/2020 - 05:04pm - More than 11,000 vulnerable young people to receive support to move into next stage of education or employment. £7 million for vulnerable pupils leaving Alternative Provision


04/06/2020 - 02:09pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 4 June 2020


04/06/2020 - 01:03pm - This week's digest contains links to advice on protecting those working at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Workplace Guidance and Advice - 04 June


03/06/2020 - 02:45pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 3 June 2020


02/06/2020 - 04:31pm - Both the Self-employment Income Support Scheme and Job Retention Scheme guidance have been updated to reflect the announcement. DWP COVID-19 Update 2 June


02/06/2020 - 10:33am - This special weekly bulletin provides a comprehensive summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19 2 June


01/05/2020 - 03:21pm - The Office for National Statistics has published early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (link is external) (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society. DWP COVID-19 Updates 1 June


29/05/2020 - 05:51pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 29 May 2020


29/05/2020 - 10:51am - HSE has published a letter with the Department for Transport, to reassure drivers, and to remind businesses of their obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises. Driver Access to Toilet and Washing Facilities: A letter from Department for Transport and HSE


28/05/2020 - 03:17pm - A response from 5 organisations regarding Youth Employment. DWP COVID-19 Updates 28 May


28/05/2020 - 01:13pm - There were an estimated 771,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in January to March 2020. Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: May 2020


28/05/2020 - 01:12pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 28 May 2020


28/05/2020 - 01:07pm - This week's digest contains links to advice about using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work during the coronavirus outbreak, details on the test and trace service, as well as information on the supply and manufacture of hand sanitiser for the workplace. Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Workplace Guidance and Advice - 28 May


27/05/2020 - 13:02pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 27 May 2020


26/05/2020 - 9:07am - £300 million additional funding for Local Authorities to support new Test and Trace Service 300 million additional funding for local authorities to support new test and trace service


25/05/2020 - 20:58pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 25 May 2020


23/05/2020 - 09:09am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 23 May 2020


22/05/2020 - 12:18pm - Roundup of recent DWP announcements Corona virus - (COVID-19) touchbase special 22 may 2020


22/05/2020 - 03:45pm - To assist the industry with social distancing, the board of directors have agreed to extend the delivery of training by video to incorporate all asbestos training disciplines, including licensable training. Additionally UKATA has introduced blended training. UKATA Statement on Mechanisms of Training Delivery


21/05/2020 - 12:22pm - The Culture Secretary has announced today (Wednesday 20 May) that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. Government unlocks £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response


21/05/2020 - 12:11pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 21 May 2020


20/05/2020 - 11:43am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 20 May 2020


20/05/2020 - 11:09am - DIT West Midland are offering a series of four live training sessions designed to help you manage the impact of COVID-19 while learning key export skills. Live Export Training to Manage the Impact of Covid-19


20/05/2020 - 10:06am - New figures on the UK-wide government support schemes for individuals and businesses were published on Tuesday 19 May 2020. DWP COVID-19 Updates 20 May


19/05/2020 - 01:44pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 19 May 2020


18/05/2020 - 02:29pm - A new ‘Find Help’ toolkit has been developed to support citizens if they, or someone else are struggling because of Coronavirus. DWP COVID-19 Update 18 May


15/05/2020 - 15:20pm - Please see for new guidance on working safely (being COVID secure) during the coronavirus outbreak. Working Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak - HSE Bulletin 15 May


18/05/2020 - 11:50am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 15 May 2020


14/05/2020 - 01:18pm - There is a new page on the Employment and benefits support site about furloughing and how it interacts with benefits, etc. DWP COVID-19 Updates 14 May


14/05/2020 - 12:53pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 14 May 2020


13/05/2020 - 12:33pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 13 May 2020


13/05/2020 - 09:53am - New ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely. Government announces roadmap taskforces


12/05/2020 - 01:43pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 12 May 2020


12/05/2020 - 08:56am - The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. DWP COVID-19 Latest Updates 12 May


12/05/2020 - 08:23am - Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)


11/05/2020 - 06:55pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 11 May 2020


11/05/2020 - 02:00pm - The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy


11/05/2020 - 09:25am - The announcement from the UK government last night outlined the first sketch of a road map for reopening society. UKATA Statement on Training Delivery Methods


07/05/2020 - 04:12pm - Wednesday 6 May saw the biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day. Roundup of Recent DWP Announcements - 07 May


07/05/2020 - 12:25pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 7 May 2020


07/05/2020 - 11:47am - The latest round up of information relating to the COVID 19 pandemic. DWP COVID-19 Latest Updates 07 May


05/05/2020 - 12:35pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 5 May 2020


01/05/2020 - 03:21pm - Anyone in England with symptoms of coronavirus who has to leave home to go to work, and all symptomatic members of the public aged 65 and over, will now be able to get tested. Roundup of Recent DWP Announcements - 01 May


01/05/2020 - 11:12am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 1 May 2020


30/04/2020 - 10:49am - This week's digest contains the latest advice for employers and workers around coronavirus, including guidance on fitting respirators correctly and sources of advice on looking after your mental wellbeing. Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Information and Advice from HSE - 30 April


29/04/2020 - 11:44am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 29 April 2020


27/04/2020 - 05:08pm - The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor today, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin - Special Announcement - New Bounce Back Loan Scheme


27/04/2020 - 05:03pm - COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many parts of the labour market, with some sectors reducing in size and others expanding rapidly. DWP New Websites Launched to Help Jobseekers and Employers


27/04/2020 - 12:44pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 27 April 2020


24/04/2020 - 01:33pm - More than 1.5 million new claims have been made to Universal Credit since 1 March 2020. Roundup of Recent DWP announcements - 24 April


23/04/2020 - 05:00pm - Britain’s workplace regulator has assembled a team of specialists to assist the Government’s national effort to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health care workers fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. HSE Assembles Specialist unit to Support UK’s Coronavirus Response


23/04/2020 - 11:10am - In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, UKATA members have sprung to aid and assist the NHS in the COVID-19 fight. UKATA Members Aid the NHS with the COVID-19 Fight


22/04/2020 - 12:17pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 22 April 2020


22/04/2020 - 11:03am - This week's digest contains the latest advice for employers and employees around coronavirus, including links to information for lone workers. Weekly Digest: Coronavirus Information and Advice from HSE


21/04/2020 - 02:42pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 21 April 2020


20/04/2020 - 11:18am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 20 April 2020


20/04/2020 - 10:16am - You can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Claim online now – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


20/04/2020 - 10:13am - A statement from Craig Evans, Chief Operating Officer on behalf of the UKATA board of directors. UKATA Statement - Face to Face Training


17/04/2020 - 04:06pm - Since 16 March, we have had more than 1.4 million new claims. This level of new claims would present a challenge in ‘normal’ times, but we’ve also had to deal with the knock on effect coronavirus has had on our staffing levels, with around a fifth of our workforce isolating. Roundup of Recent DWP Announcements - 17 April


17/04/2020 - 03:58pm - An update on the latest information for employers and employees in the construction industry, including details of advice and guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. HSE eBulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – latest advice and information


17/04/2020 - 02:34pm - A government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by coronavirus has been expanded to cover all viable firms, the Chancellor announced today. Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses


17/04/2020 - 12:07pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 17 April 2020


16/04/2020 - 02:15pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is advising healthcare workers currently using respiratory protective equipment (RPE) on the importance of ensuring it is fitted correctly. HSE Advises on the Importance of Fitting RPE Correctly


16/04/2020 - 01:10pm - Updated 16 April to reflect Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme cut off date changed to 19 March 2020. COVID-19 Update from the Department for Work and Pensions - 16 April


15/04/2020 - 04:07pm - 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 the additional precautions people need to take to help reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and has produced guidance to help industry during this period. Carrying out Thorough Examination and Testing of Lifting and Pressure Equipment during the Coronavirus Outbreak


15/04/2020 - 11:01am - This special bulletin provides a summary of the latest Government Business Support announcements. Special International Trade Bulletin: COVID-19


14/04/2020 - 01:10pm - Public Health England have produced a range of materials that can be downloaded. COVID-19 Partnership News - 14 April 2020


13/04/2020 - 06:48pm - COVID-19 latest updates from the DWP. COVID-19 Update from the Department for Work and Pensions - 13 April


09/04/2020 - 01:05pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 9 April 2020


08/04/2020 - 04:50pm - This is an extremely worrying time for businesses and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to attend a place of work away from their homes. Coronavirus – A Joint Statement with The Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland


08/04/2020 - 02:45pm - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin - 8 April 2020


08/04/2020 - 02:33pm - If something happens at work which results in (or could result in) the release or escape of coronavirus you must report this as a dangerous occurrence. RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers. Protect home workers

HSE is continuing to provide services for regulating chemicals during the coronavirus outbreak. Arrangements for regulation of chemicals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

In these extraordinary times, HSE is constantly reviewing the fast-moving situation with our partners across government to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


07/04/2020 - 04:15pm - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information leaflet. Leaflet on what to do to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including information on symptoms and government support.

Support for Modern Slavery Victims Affected by Coronavirus. Government announces immediate changes for people in the modern slavery victim care contract.

COVID-19: Guidance For employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


07/04/2020 - 11:24am - The employer guidance and guidance for employees have been further updated in line with some of the main queries that have received from stakeholders. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update


07/04/2020 - 02:03pm - The Department for Work and Pensions has provided us with an update. COVID-19 Update from the Department for Work and Pensions


07/04/2020 - 11:26am - This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin 6 April 2020


06/04/2020 - 08:55am - DWP has experienced a huge increase in claims and our phone lines have been extremely busy as a result. We’re taking urgent action to boost capacity, we’ve moved 10,000 existing staff to help on the front line and we’re recruiting more. Roundup of Recent DWP Announcements


03/04/2020 - 04:18pm - This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to work away from home. Coronavirus: A joint statement between HSE, the TUC and the CBI


03/04/2020 - 03:02pm - A statement from the board of directors and senior management, outlining a number of new initiatives put in place to further support members during the coronavirus crisis. Coronavirus - Further Measures to Support Members


01/04/2020 - 05:08pm - The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)


01/04/2020 - 05:08pm - Landlords and employers not required to see original documents during coronavirus outbreak. Temporary changes to right to rent and right to work checks


31/03/2020 - 05:08pm - The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)


30/03/2020 - 08:18am - On Thursday 26 March the Chancellor announced a new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to support those whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus. COVID-19 and Self Employment


30/03/2020 - 08:10am - Information on the Job Retention Scheme is available on gov.uk and the Business Support websites. Job Retention Scheme – Guidance for Employers and Employees


27/03/2020 - 03:42pm - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken steps to support hand sanitiser manufacturers as UK production is increasing to tackle Coronavirus. HSE issues exemption for the manufacture and supply of biocidal hand sanitiser products in the UK


27/03/2020 - 12:30pm - During the current public health concerns, asbestos training providers have stopped providing face-to-face training. Refresher Training for Licensed Asbestos Contractors During the Current Public Health (COVID-19) Outbreak


25/03/2020 - 03:46pm - The Department for Education has released a lot of guidance for training/apprenticeship providers. Letter from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills


25/03/2020 - 11:49am - Scam text messages have been reported which make claims that UKGOV has issued a payment of £458 to all residents as part of its promise to battle COVID-19. Coronavirus Text Messages


25/03/2020 - 08:14am - Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households


24/03/2020 - 12:01pm - This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin


23/03/2020 - 05:18pm - Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures to keep people safe. Chancellor announces workers’ support package


23/03/2020 - 09:17am - This business readiness bulletin for trade associations, released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides important information for our members on Coronavirus (Covid-19). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Readiness Bulletin Issue 4


23/03/2020 - 09:03am - People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work


20/03/2020 - 02:31pm - In the light of advice from Public Health England on COVID-19, HSE has set out in guidance (attached), a proportionate and flexible approach to enable health/medical surveillance to continue. It applies where workers are undergoing periodic review under several sets of health and safety regulations. Guidance for occupational health providers, appointed doctors and employers on performing health/medical surveillance


20/03/2020 - 09:58am - In response to queries from licensed asbestos removal contractors about supply issues with personal protective equipment (PPE), HSE is putting the attached statement on its Asbestos Communities site. The statement is in relation to the asbestos industry specifically and they are placing the information on the community so that it is focused on that industry, given that there is a lot of information on different topics being shared at present.

PPE Supply Issues - HSE Statement


19/03/2020 - 11:51am - As the country deals with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we are urging workers in construction-related industries and trades to make use of the time to upskill or refresh training.

In line with this, we have approved our 200-member companies and individuals to deliver a number of our approved courses by video conferencing software, including Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

UKATA announces temporary video conference asbestos training during Coronavirus crisis


18/03/2020 - 12:29pm - The board of directors have been working closely with senior management, reviewing the rules of membership, exploring new system ideas and most essentially, continuing to monitor and follow the advice coming out of government and Public Health England.

As a Country, we are entering into unknown territory. Each day is going to bring different challenges to both personal and business life. The industry is going to have some difficult times ahead, from training/projects being cancelled to a shortage of supplies, inevitably meaning works cannot be carried out.

First and foremost, as a membership association, we want to support our members as much as we possibly can. We appreciate that there needs to be an element of flexibility around our rules and standards, without affecting the high quality of training standards we are recognised for.

The board of directors and senior management have therefore developed an interim policy which deals with several key areas of our operations.

Coronavirus: How UKATA is supporting members