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HSE Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Risk Assessment and all the latest Health and Safety News

Thursday 2nd July 2020

This bulletin has been provided to us by the HSE.

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.

There are also links to other useful coronavirus-related guidance and details of the latest job vacancies at HSE.

For all the latest updates visit our website.

COVID-19 risk assessment

Make sure that you properly assess risk and are COVID-secure...

All employers must protect people from harm, which includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus.

This is called a COVID-19 risk assessment and it’ll help you manage risk and protect people.

Find out what to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment.

Protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus outbreak

During the coronavirus outbreak, the government has defined some people as clinically extremely vulnerable (shielded).

HSE has produced guidance on protecting vulnerable workers from coronavirus.

Shielded workers are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

As an employer, you have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. You should make sure you consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.

Manufacturing: return to work

HSE has published guidance for employers and businesses in manufacturing sectors that explains how to continue or restart operations safely.

HSE has published practical advice on manufacturing for employers and businesses to help manage any additional risks caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The new guidance covers:

  • safe use of machinery and equipment
  • general building safety
  • how to protect people from coronavirus

For more health and safety advice and guidance in the manufacturing sector visit our microsite.

Restarting workplace pressure systems safely

If pressure systems have not been used for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus outbreak they may become unsafe.

HSE has published guidance on restarting workplace pressure systems safely.

The guidance has information about:

  • types of pressure systems
  • the examination period
  • safety issues to be aware of

You can subscribe to receive all the latest pressure systems email updates.

More coronavirus-related updates and advice

HSE has published a range of guidance and advice, which you may find useful.

It includes information on:

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus microsite.

There is guidance on GOV.UK from BEIS on how to make a range of workplaces COVID-secure. Separate guidance is available for Scotland and Wales.

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