With advice and information regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19 constantly evolving as the situation develops and scientific knowledge grows, any summary of current recommendations in an article such as this is likely to be out of date almost as soon as it is written, so how can you keep up to date?
For safety, health and other questions and assistance you can still contact the PIB Risk Management team through the usual channels, even if your normal contact is temporarily unavailable, one of our specialists will be available to help you work through your enquiry.
The HSE are constantly reviewing and revising their Coronavirus specific advice, a dedicated section of the HSE’s website can be found at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm which at the time of writing includes information on first aid cover and qualifications, testing and examination of work equipment, face fit testing of PPE and guidance on social distancing at work.
In Northern Ireland the HSENI have information available at: https://www.hseni.gov.uk/topic/covid-19-advice-and-guidance-places-work
More general information on a wide range of topics can be found on the GOV.UK website at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus From a health and safety perspective, this includes general guidance on keeping safe, specific guidance for healthcare workers, carers and care settings and information on transport and logistics issues such as MOTs for small and heavy vehicles and the relaxation of drivers hours rules.
General health advice can be found on the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ this includes how to check if you have Coronavirus symptoms and what to do.
The devolved administrations of different parts of the UK have also produced advice which can be found at:
Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
A number of trade bodies have also made information available through their websites.
Please speak to your normal PIB Risk Management contact or get in touch using Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like assistance with developing training materials, policies and checklists for use in your workplace.