In the News

5th May 2020

New guidance from the HSE on lone working

HSE has published “Protecting lone workers: How to manage the risks of working alone”.  https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg73.htm  This guidance explains how to keep lone workers healthy and safe. It is for anyone who employs lone workers, or engages them as contractors etc, including self-employed people or those who work alone.

The updated guidance contains:

a new section on how to protect lone workers from the risk of work-related violence more information on how managers should keep in touch with lone workers new advice on the impact lone working can have on stress, mental health and wellbeing
23rd April 2020

EA publish four temporary COVID-19 regulatory position statements

The Environment Agency has published four temporary COVID-19 regulatory position statements (COVID-19 RPSs). These cover: • Monitoring and reporting • Regulated industry installations (non-waste) • Waste management (excluding radioactive waste) • Water industry The Agency states that “each COVID-19 RPS sets out when they apply and the conditions you must comply with”. The obligation to comply with all other environmental regulatory requirements remains. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-regulatory-position-statements

20th April 2020

HSE reminds on the importance of face fitting RPE

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. A respirator that is incorrectly fitted will not protect the wearer.

Tight-fitting respirators rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. It is vital that before using a respirator for the first time, or before using a different brand of respirator, wearers pass a fit test for the model and size of respirator they are going to use. This is to make sure the equipment fits to their particular facial characteristics.

HSE advises on the importance of fitting RPE correctly