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The HSE are out and about checking COVID-19 Secure

It has been well publicised that Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (including by them too now) are “carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas” focussed on being COVID-19 Secure.

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The COVID-19 approach to stress and wellbeing

With world mental health day this month, I have taken time to think about the ways in which organisations manage staff wellbeing.

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Tiered COVID-19 restrictions come into place in England

On Monday 12th October 2020 the Prime Minister set out the means by which the government will “further simplify and standardise local rules” for COVID-19. This will be through the introduction of a three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England, which are set at medium, high, and very high.

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COVID-19 - Supporting vulnerable groups - further information available

The Health and Safety Executive has provided a recent update to its COVID-19 suite of information with “Protect vulnerable workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic”.

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Insurance warning over Legionnaires’ disease

There have been recent articles published highlighting a potential risk with public liability policies where in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, such an event could be subject to an exclusion clause in the policy.

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SARS-CoV-2 and food safety, the current thinking…

The International Commission for Microbiological Specifications of Foods (ICMSF) in its ‘opinion on SARS-CoV-2 and its relationship to food safety’ document published on the 3rd September 2020 has commented.

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You cannot balance risk if you don’t understand the consequences

Being aware of consequences can help with decision making and affect individual behaviours. This has been long recognised by health and safety practitioners who use case studies in training.

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Never assume that everyone knows your COVID-19 risk assessment controls

On Saturday morning whilst waiting for my daughter to finish a swim training session, I popped in to a convenience store (large supermarket chain) to pick up a loaf of bread. 

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Why is Assurity Consulting different from the rest?

Just over a year ago, I joined Assurity Consulting as a Health and Safety Consultant. I had been an in-house health and safety person and (if I am honest) wondered if I was the right sort of person to succeed as a Consultant.

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New guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Standard Operating Procedure for workplaces

With more people returning to or intending to return to the workplace in the coming weeks, the possibility of a staff member displaying symptoms, coming into contact with someone who has the disease or developing the disease themselves, cannot be discounted.

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Keeping your building, coronavirus safe, as well as safe

“COVID-19 secure” and “COVID risk assessments” are two of the most popular phrases in the facilities/health and safety lexicon currently, and for obvious and pressing reasons as we start or continue – depending on where your organisation is – to remobilise.

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Tenants returning to the office – new times, new considerations and old risks?’

As we are seeing increasing numbers of organisations go back to work, so also increasing for us is the numbers of questions and queries we are receiving from tenants as they return to their workplace, now little or unused for possibly four months.

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