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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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Call for compulsory ‘Changing Places’ washrooms from 2021

The Government has called for Changing Places washrooms to be compulsory in all new buildings from 2021, with the backing of £30 million to help install these facilities in existing buildings.

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Air conditioning, aerosols and COVID-19

As with any respiratory disease, air quality inevitably becomes a consideration, the transmission of COVID-19 is no different.

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“Working at home remains a perfectly good option…”

…said Patrick Vallance the Chief Scientific Officer to the Commons Science and Technology Committee this week. It is however becoming increasingly confusing to understand and interpret the information we are provided with. Lockdown in March 2020 was simple, starting up again is certainly less easy.

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Face coverings - the good and the bad

So, after various countries around the world had already imposed the rule, including our Scottish neighbours, we are all going to need to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces such as shops from next Friday 24th July 2020.

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Health and safety - fatal injuries at work at a record low

Figures just published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identify “111 Workers killed in 2019/20 (RIDDOR)”. Accepting it is still 111 people too many, compared to 147 fatalities in 2018/19 and 179 in 2008/09 it is a significant and welcome decrease in the number of avoidable deaths.

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