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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

Reopening Workplaces Risk Assessment & Signage Pack

A generic risk assessment has been created and uploaded to assist managers when word icon Reopening Workplaces [95kb]. This includes a pdf icon Signage Pack [947kb].

Please note the risk assessment is a live working document and as such may be subject to amendment and any time.  Amendment details and version control will be recorded on the document when this happens.  If you are in doubt about version numbers, please email healthandsafety@westlothian.gov.uk 

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 08.05.20 [73kb]  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 27.04.20 [61kb] 

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

Further updated first aid guidance relating to the administration of first aid during the coronavirus pandemic has been issued to all areas. As advised previously, managers will need to review their first aid needs risk assessment and take cognisance of this guidance.  There is also a requirement for first aiders to take account of specific guidance on giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Please note: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their guidance relating to the requalification of first aiders. They awknowledge first aid training may be difficult to obtain at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, they fully expect employers/certificate holders to demonstrate they are doing whatever they can to obtain the training at the earliest opportunity.  Where sourcing of the training proves difficult, all efforts to obtain it must be kept on file in order to qualify for any possible HSE extension to expired certificates. Services are also advised that when sourcing first aid training via the Scottish Excel Framework they exercise due diligence and obtain the providers risk assessment for the delivery of the course and be satisfied that controls take cognisance of Scottish Government Guidance to allow the course to be delivered safety. 

Annual Refresher Training -   If employers or first aiders are unable to obtain face to face annual refresher training the HSE supports the use of online training to keep their skills up to date. However, the HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.  

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

What's New on the Webpage?

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