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HSE Weekly Digest: Updated Advice on Talking with your Workers about Preventing Coronavirus

Thursday 11th March 2021

This bulletin has been provided to us by the HSE.

This week's digest contains HSE's updated advice on talking to your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) .

We also have links to help ensure your workplace COVID-19 risk assessment is up to date. In addition, there are details on a free webinar.

For all the latest updates visit our website.

Updated advice on talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus

The law says you must consult with your workers about reducing risks from coronavirus in your workplace.

HSE has updated its guidance to help you have conversations with your workforce about providing support and keeping control measures in place.

Talking to your workers means you can explain changes you’re making to keep the workplace COVID-secure and continue to run your business safely. It also gives workers the chance to:

  • tell you if they’re worried about any workplace risks
  • influence decisions about health and safety

HSE has converted this advice to web pages so it is easier for people to find the information they need and we have expanded the guidance to include more advice on:

  • supporting higher-risk groups
  • returning to the workplace
  • ventilation and air conditioning
  • stress, mental health and wellbeing

The updated guidance will help you keep in touch with workers and support them as restrictions are eased in the coming months.

Keep your COVID-19 risk assessment up to date

Every workplace should have a COVID-19 risk assessment that is regularly reviewed as circumstances change.

For everything you need to consider and the actions you should take to control the risks and prevent the spread of the virus, watch this short video.

Advice and an example assessment are available at our COVID risk page.

COVID-19 guidance and updates

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:

Webinar on COVID-19: Science and evidence

Join HSE's Chief Scientific Adviser for a free webinar on COVID-19 environmental transmission and modelling.

Along with his SAGE-EMG co-chairs, Professor Catherine Noakes OBE and Professor Harry Rutter, Professor Andrew Curran (pictured) will lead the discussion on how science is helping to improve understanding of the risks of transmission in workplaces and other settings.

Book your free place for the webinar on Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 12pm–1.30pm.

For further information on HSE’s scientific evidence and research on COVID-19, visit our coronavirus webpage.

HSE events and training courses: our knowledge is your business

HSE continues to deliver a wide variety of innovative and relevant training courses and events.

You can visit this page for a full list of events, training, conferences and seminars organised by HSE or where HSE has significant involvement.

Upcoming highlights include:

  • Health and wellbeing at work (15-19 March)
    The UK's largest virtual event dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, culture, engagement and behaviour of today's workforce. Throughout the week there will be a number of appearances from HSE experts, including an interview with Sarah Newton, HSE's Chair, on 18 March.
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