Protect vulnerable workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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 (COVID-19) and put controls in place to reduce that risk. Read
Emergency measures are expected to be utilised by health chiefs in the coming weeks
to begin discharging early thousands of hospital patients, for who it is deemed safe enough to do so, to either their own homes, or in some circumstances hotels which have been commissioned out by the health service.
By discharging patients early, where appropriate, it will help under pressure hospitals around England free up both bed capacity and, crucially, the necessary staff to manage them for Covid-19 patients requiring urgent care.
HSE’s Annual musculoskeletal risk reduction through design awards 2020/21 are now open for nominations. Last time round we received nominations from employers in railways, construction, transport and logistics, manufacturing, utilities & health care settings We would like to broaden this to cover a wide range of industry sectors and workplace settings this year and wish to welcome and encourage entries from all sectors of the workplace. I
In practice, MSDs don’t restrict themselves to just a few sectors – they are widely spread out across the vast majority of work place sectors.
There are no restrictions on the size of the employer who may make a nomination and both large and small employers are welcome – small scale /low cost solutions are just as welcome as large scale/high cost design solutions.
Free flu vaccines for Health & Social Care Workers
Public Health England (PHE) have launched a campaign encouraging staff working across health and social care to get their free flu vaccine.
This year, with circulation of coronavirus, flu vaccination is more important than ever, with the largest ever flu vaccination programme being planned.
The vaccine protects you, your family and those you care for from the flu.
Visit to order a range of free resources including flyers, posters and stickers to encourage your colleagues to get vaccinated. If you order as soon as possible delivery will arrive at your service this month.PHE website
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the government’s draft Building Safety Bill, which aim to create the biggest change in building safety for a generation.
HSE will also lead the government’s Joint Regulators Group (JRG), which will provide coordinated leadership to local authority and fire & rescue regulators during the transition to the new regulatory regime. It will support the development of close working arrangements between the BSR and local regulators, while continuing to work with early adopters to trial new safety approaches.
The JRG will be chaired by Peter Baker, Director of the Building Safety and Construction Division of HSE said: “The BSR will create a new era for building safety,
Managing upper limb disorders in the workplace
A brief guide
This revised leaflet for employers deals with upper limb disorders (ULDs) which affect the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, as well as the neck.
what upper limb disorders;
their symptoms and causes;
how to manage the risks around them;
what employers can do to help their workers.
It now includes a simple filter to help identify low-risk tasks which do not need further assessment.
The main messages about the actions employers and workers should take to prevent risks have altered very little since the previous 2013 version.
There is no change in policy or regulation. INDG171(rev 3) published Jan 2020.