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Downgrading

Good news

“Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 3.”

UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England

This is terrific news and if we wish to continue enjoying the increased freedoms it allows, requires us to keep complying with the guidance and the remaining ‘light touch’ restrictions that are still in place.

Health and safety advice in the workplace is very similar in that there is a requirement on employers to comply with the current legislation. If you do this you can carry on without interference from the authorities and maintain a safe workplace, undertaking activities that do not put staff or others at undue risk. When workers, contractors or management try to cut corners (to beat a clock, or a budget, or a clause, or A DUTY) they put us all at risk of severe consequences.

Step four in the road map is more than a month away so keep up the compliance and do not get complacent – rather like attitudes to health and safety matters in the workplace.

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Roadmap from ‘Lockdown’

The government has started to ease the restrictions and to allow the country, step by step to start opening up.

Care still needs to be applied to all work activities – whether you are preparing to re-open a place of work or to alter or extend the business services which have been offered in line with the eased restrictions.

The economy will be opening up but the coronavirus is still present and a threat to health.

If you need some practical and pragmatic Health and Safety advice to ensure your Covid-19 Secure Arrangements stay relevant and valid then contact us for an informal chat.

Stay safe.

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R-value, new restrictions and complete compliance

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is increasing. 

It is too early to say that the rise of cases is because ‘we’ have become too complacent, more rebellious or just de-sensitised to the pandemic but the fact is the R value has risen and it affects us all.

regional spread of R number

There are arguments raging across the political sectors but one thing that virtually every scientist agrees on is the continued need for social distancing, good hand hygiene and the wearing of masks where social distancing can’t be achieved.

Businesses also recognise that national restrictions and closures just can’t go on. Perhaps therefore the time has come to fully recognise that every business has to play its part and give “complete” compliance a real chance. Not just acting “almost” within the restrictions but  doing everything we can to stop any spread of the infection within our workplaces and communities.

As always we are here to support the business community and promote a swift reduction in the case numbers and an equally swift end to the restrictions.  

Stay safe – if you need guidance on your current Covid-19 Secure arrangements please contact us.

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    Don’t overlook your usual reviews

    COVID-19 arrangements working well?

    Great – but DON’T overlook your usual Health and Safety Review

    Every organisation must have Health and Safety arrangements and, if you employ more than 5 people, they must be written down.

    Most businesses have arrangements in place, but often slip up when it comes to reviewing those arrangements. Reviews show that you comply with your Health and Safety policy, highlight potential dangers and often give valuable insights which help avoid financial losses.

    COVID-19 forced every business to look at some aspects of working but it is vital that ALL working procedures are reviewed to ensure that risks are mitigated and employees work as safely as possible.

    So Pro Safety offers an effective audit procedure which gives you fast results and practical solutions to address any safety issues that arise. It also gives business leaders a score to measure progress and improvements during the year, encouraging compliance and success.

    If you wish to discuss a review of your arrangements contact us now.

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    Re-opening a Village Hall

    … your support and advice has been invaluable and I can’t thank you enough. Thanks to you the hall was able to reopen yesterday. I am sure we will be back soon for more help.

    Secretary, Wallington Village Community Association

    The Village Hall in Wallington serves a community of approx 650 households who together with a significant number of commercial groups use the facilities for meetings and social gatherings.

    So Pro Safety was asked to assist the Wallington Village Community Association with the COVID-19 Secure arrangements for the re-opening of the Wallington Village Hall.

    A deluge of advice and guidance was available and we were able to steer the Association’s working group through the paper mountain to produce a concise COVID-19 Risk Assessment, guidance for users and practical advice on space usage.

    The Association also took the opportunity to review its Health and Safety arrangements and we conducted a full Health and Safety Audit, producing an up to date Risk Assessment and Fire Risk Assessment for the attention of the Executive committee.

    It is always a pleasure to work with committed local volunteers to guide them through a challenging time and to provide the professional support to allow their valuable community asset to be preserved and thrive.

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    French confusion

    At first glance the recent reports of the relaxing of social distancing measures for large indoor events in France seems at odds with the uptick in their reported number of cases of Covid-19. However, look more closely and you find it does not apply to the “red zones”.

    It seems every country is keen to return to public events but is picking its way carefully.

    As the UK move towards the holding of events indoors we continue to provide advice and assistance with Covid-19 Secure working across many sectors including the events world. Happy to help you…

    Today’s COVID cases and an item from today’s Access All Areas news summary

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    2m is still the right thing to do

    Update following the government guidance for further easing on 4 July

    Just because the phrase “further easing of social distancing to 1m+” has been introduced doesn’t mean the 2m social distancing rule has been abandoned.  2m distancing is still required in businesses except where it is not viable, then it can be 1m+ and the plus mean further risk mitigation. 

    Mitigation arrangements could include increased handwashing, surface and equipment cleaning, screens to separate specific activity/working areas, consistent pairing, reduction in the time spent in proximity, avoidance of the face-to-face in preference to side-by-side, staggering of timed activities (shifts, appointments, break times etc), reducing congestion and increased ventilation.

    If you are intending to amend your arrangements don’t forget to update your COVID Secure Risk Assessment. 

    If you need a written risk assessment, an update to you current arrangements or further advice on any aspects of health and safety etc, SoPro Safety is ready and available to assist you.

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    Up and Running

    COVID-19 Secure Workplace Risk Assessments

    For one of our Bridal client hearts are a clever way to remind customers to social distance

    We are delighted that some of our clients are now back in business. It’s been a long time coming with much hard work and thought being put in to ensure that businesses are COVID-19 Secure workplaces, ready and safe to receive customers.

    For us it’s been a fascinating time, ploughing through government, PHE and HSE guidance to find the best route for our clients and to give maximum assistance in drafting the important COVID-19 Secure workplace risk assessments.  As always, we advise our clients to involve all staff members in the drafting and  implementing of work arrangements and some of our video calls have been pretty lively…

    We also advise that the process must be ongoing – we hate a dusty H&S file sitting on a shelf. We suggest pithy, short guidelines for staff with regular follow ups.

    We are also providing our clients with our new “check-in” service, a vital reminder for our clients to keep monitoring their arrangements to check they are working and being actioned. We don’t like to call it nagging more of a gentle nudge.  Our clients tell us this is a service they really value as often time is limited and health and safety matters can start to slip. In a world of pandemic this can’t afford to happen.

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    COVID Secure

    In the new Government guidance, released yesterday, you should share the results of your COVID Risk Assessment with your workforce.  If possible you should consider publishing the results on your website and display it in your workplace to show you have followed the guidance.

    The guidance is published for eight different sectors.

    Contact us if you are finding all of the updates overwhelming, we are here to provide tailored advice and support, to make it easier for you to comply and keep your workforce safe.

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    Return to Work under COVID-19

    All UK businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and this has forced many to close while the Stay at Home campaign is in place.  If your company is fortunate enough to consider a return to work soon then, SoPro Safety has compiled a free checklist which may be useful.

    We have published this aid to restarting a closed business to help you consider some of the arrangements that the ‘different normal’ may impose on us for the future such as social distancing in the workplace.  Hopefully it will nudge you to review the topics you need to work through to keep colleagues and customers healthy and safe.

    Those who require tailored support in these difficult times only need to ask us for further guidance to help the transition from closed and furloughed to a steady and safe re-opening of the business.

    You can receive this by completing the form on this page.

    Contact us if you are looking for assistance.