March’s Health & Safety Update Coronavirus
Undoubtedly, Coronavirus is at the top of everyone’s health & safety agenda this month.
The Government is continuously monitoring the situation and is providing the UK with information as and when. However, it’s all still very vague for businesses, let alone people. There has been no real changes to the health & safety / personal hygiene guidance your employees should follow. High standards of personal hygiene, as well as providing the means to promote high levels of hygiene, should be standard anyway.
To recap, here is what the Government is recommending we do to limit the chances of us catching and spreading Coronavirus:
Catch any coughs, colds or sneezes in tissues and dispose of them correctly Carry hand sanitiser on you at all times (if reasonably practical) Ensure adequate hand wash and hand sanitiser availability throughout your workplace Regularly wash your hands following the correct handwashing procedure Avoid unnecessarily touching your own face, mouth, eyes and nose Avoid people who are seemingly suffering from flu-like symptoms
The Government has also announced that anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms (cough and high temperature) should self-isolate for 7 days.
If you’re unsure whether your current health & safety measures are up to scratch, or simply want some health & safety advice in what can seem like a confusing time; please get in touch. You can call our team of designated health & safety consultants on 08450 50 40 60 . Lone worker guidance updates
The HSE has updated it’s lone worker guidance to include a section on protecting lone workers from the risk of work-related violence. The new guidelines contain information on how managers should keep in touch with lone workers as well as the impact lone working can have on mental health, stress and wellbeing.
More information on the lone-working guidance can be found on the HSE’s website here. £400,000 fine for furniture company
A furniture company has been fined over £400,000 due to pleading guilty to breaching DSEAR regulations as well as COSHH. It also appears that workers were provided with inadequate PPE and upon inspection, HSE inspectors enforced a prohibition notice.
Waste management company fined £400,000
A waste management company in Kent has been fined £400,000 after a banksman was ran over by an on-site lorry. The banksman suffered life changing injuries. An investigation by the HSE uncovered that the company failed to provide safe systems of work and shockingly, is the 4th time in four years that the company has been prosecuted.
Paper milling company fined £300,000 after an employee’s head got caught in machine
An employee suffered life changing injuries and had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery after their head became trapped in the machine they were working on. Should there have been a safe system of work in place then it’s highly likely the dramatic incident could have been prevented.
The above accidents, injuries and fines show the importance of having safe systems of work in place. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees or anyone who comes into contact with your business. By implementing simple health & safety due diligence measures, including risk assessments, gap analyses and policies/procedures you will no doubt improve the health and safety culture of your business.
For more information on how ELAS can help you with your health & safety responsibilities and culture, call our team today on 08450 50 40 60.