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Health, Safety and Welfare

A wide range of health and safety related procedural documents and guidance can be found here. The management system is continually being updated so make sure you visit regularly to keep up-to-date with any changes or new developments.

COVID 19 Support

Generic Risk Assessment

A generic risk assessment has been created and uploaded to assist managers when carrying out their own assessments. word icon COVID-19 Generic Risk Assessment - Updated 18.05.20 [71kb]  Please note this is a live document and COVID 19 pandemic is being constantly monitored, and where necessary updated.  Please note - printed copies are uncontrolled so managers should regularly visit and check the generic assessment to make sure they have the most up-to-date information.  Any alterations to the assessment will be recorded in the header with a date and version update.  

An additional generic risk assessment has been created to assist managers with assessing staff who are classed as key workers but may have underlying health conditions. word icon Risk Assessment - Underlying Health Conditions [59kb] 

Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

If a manager decides there is reasonable evidence that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 was likely exposed because of their work they must report this to their Head of Service, who in turn, will instruct an investigation to be undertaken to determine the immediate, underlying and route cause of the infection.  The outcome of all such investigations must be forwarded to the Health and Safety Manager to allow an assessment to to me made in order to determine whether or not the incident is notifiable, under RIDDOR, to the health and Safety Executive. Further information on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Whilst it is recognised that we are operating in unprecedented circumstances the Health and Safety Executive have recently issued guidance relating to LOLER, emphasising the importance of ensuring lifting equipment remains safe for continued use, and that thorough examinations and tests must be completed for both fixed and non-fixed equipment when required.  Managers must therefore conduct a risk assessment relating to how this work can be undertaken safely within their premises (if at all), including access, hygiene, infection control/spread, social distancing and personal and respiratory protective equipment etc. The assessment must also consider the safety of staff, customers, clients visitors and the contractor themselves. Find out further information from Health and Safety Executive website.  Further detailed information will be issued to Service Areas shortly.  

Managing First Aid provision during COVID-19

The HSE have issued updated guidance on the 3 June 2020 relating to the management of first aid provision during the COVID 19 pandemic. As advised previously, managers will need to review their first aid needs risk assessment and take cognisance of the new guidance.  There is also a requirement for first aiders to take account of specific guidance on giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Driver CPC Cards

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification. This is evidenced by a Driver CPC card.The validity of a driver qualification card with expiry dates from 1 February 2020 to 31 August 2020 has been extended by 7 months by the Government. If the expiry date on your card is in this period, you should add 7 months to that date to calculate the new expiry date. Further information can be obtained from GOV.UK

Posters

To help services, hand washing, hand sanitising, visitor posters and catch it- bin it- kill it posters are available.  These can be used in the work place to emphasise the importance of hand cleansing to prevent the spread of infection.

What's New on the Webpage?

Three newly updated procedural documents have been published, these are: