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HSE to examine respiratory risks in construction

HSE to examine respiratory risks in construction

HSE has stated that its inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting on Monday 4 October 2021.  This year inspections will focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease, looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect...

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Consultation on mandatory COVID certification under Plan B

Consultation on mandatory COVID certification under Plan B

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a short consultation on mandatory COVID certification. The government’s Autumn and Winter COVID plan contains Plan A and a Plan B – Plan B being the fall-back position if the number of COVID cases spikes. In the plan, if this happens, the Government proposes to...

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Public guidance for travelling – masks

Public guidance for travelling – masks

With more and more businesses returning staff to HQ/offices, the Department for Transport (DfT) has updated the ‘Facemask’ section of their guidance to the public on how to undertake travel safely. The updated section now reads: You should wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do...

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Government announcements on 19 July

Government announcements on 19 July

The government’s guidance reflecting the change to Step 4 in England – the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – has been updated on the following subjects: How to stay safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS test and trace Safer travel guidance for passengers who are walking,...

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Updated guidance for businesses for Step 4 (England)

Updated guidance for businesses for Step 4 (England)

The Government has updated the Primary Guidance for businesses in various tourism-related sectors in England. They have also added a foreword that applies to all sectors, which states: From Step 4, legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. To support businesses...

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Government’s five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

Government’s five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

Government upholds that this five point-plan, set out in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 will help manage the risks of living with the virus on the careful and cautious pathway back to normality. Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up. Government will encourage vaccine take up among young...

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VisitEngland and NCSC offer free cyber security seminar

VisitEngland and NCSC offer free cyber security seminar

As part of their Business Recovery webinar programme, VisitEngland is offering a ‘Cyber Security for Beginners’ seminar, in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Thursday 15 July at 11am. NCSC was set up in October 2016 in support of a national ambition, outlined in the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, to...

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Review of the product safety system in the UK

Review of the product safety system in the UK

The National Audit Office (NAO) has been undertaking a review of the product safety system in the UK. Further to that, the NAO has published its report into this issue, which includes reference to the work of the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). The NAO’s report recognises the significant progress made in the...

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Wales: Coronavirus guidance for businesses

Wales: Coronavirus guidance for businesses

People in Wales who cannot work from home are being encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests as they are rolled out across Wales. The rapid coronavirus testing kits will be available to collect from local test sites across Wales from Friday 16 April. The Welsh Government is also looking at other collection venues for test...

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Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April, the Government has announced, describing this as a “significant step forward, paving the way for businesses and society reopening”.  Anyone will be able to access free, rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) for themselves and their families to use twice...

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