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Phase I Trials – Events

We were reading the Events Research Programme’s Phase I findings that were published last week – 25 June 2021.  We found it interesting to note – especially if you watched it on television – that face coverings were apparently mandatory for the crowd at the FA Cup events – both at the semi and the final. 

The report stated that there was 92% compliance (at the observed locations) while seated outdoors. We find this hard to believe having seen some of the TV coverage and it is unlikely that the program’s producer particularly wanted to focus on fans who removed coverings as they are more photogenic.

In defence of the organisers we can imagine how incredibly hard it must be to ask for compliance from large crowds when people will have strong opinions about the risk (fresh air everywhere), they are excited about the occasion, are with friends and have possibly consumed some alcohol.

Also, the report notes as outdoor occupancy levels rise compliance falls. Mob rule perhaps, feel free to discuss. In particular compliance with face coverings in hospitality areas was very, very low. 

Indoor events seem to fare much better for compliance where observed possibly being as high as 98%. 

There are clearly some significant challenges for mass gatherings if face coverings are going to continue to be a control measure for organisers to apply later in the year.

You can read the full report here.  

Contact us if you have an event that requires health and safety advice and support.

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Advice coronavirus

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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Advice Compliance

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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Advice Events

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.