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HSE Stakeholder eBulletin: 21 August 2020

Friday 21st August 2020

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HSE reminds businesses to take five steps to become COVID-secure

HSE continues to remind businesses in the Blackburn with Darwen and Oldham and Pendle areas to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus cases.

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 is contacting businesses to provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers but, where some employers are not managing this, HSE will take immediate action. This can range from providing specific advice, to issuing enforcement notices and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe. More information is available on our website.

Businesses and workers need to be aware that HSE can call by phone or turn up at your premises to conduct a COVID-secure spot check or inspection at any time, and you must cooperate and engage with our inspectors.

Being COVID-secure is important in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Businesses can do this by following these five practical steps.

You can find more HSE advice on making your workplace COVID-secure.

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HSE's role in test and trace

HSE has written to stakeholders with guidance for public health bodies explaining HSE’s role in test and trace.

It sets out our role in support of the public health bodies which lead on schemes to identify outbreaks of COVID-19. It also outlines our role supporting duty holders to protect people including our enforcement policy.

Test and trace update from Department for Health and Social Care

Below is an update on the latest guidance and materials for NHS Test and Trace.

New Campaign Launch

A new campaign – Let’s Get Back – has been launched in England to drive awareness of the need for anyone, even with mild symptoms, to get a free test now.

Business plan released
NHS Test and Trace has released their business plan for the months ahead, to stop the spread of the virus over the summer and into the winter. It sets out how it aims to double testing capacity, make testing easily accessible to everyone, launch an app, expand local public health teams and launch backwards contact tracing.

New self-isolation guidance

An extension of the self-isolation period to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus symptoms or a positive test result, has been announced.

Guidance is also available outlining the COVID-19 contact tracing arrangements for workplaces in Scotland and Wales.

Home working safely with display screen equipment

If you have staff working at home, you must still manage the risks to their health from display screen equipment (DSE).

We have specific DSE advice for those employees who are:

Employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for employees working from home as for any other employees.

Find more advice here.

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