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Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Man sat at office desk with laptopAdvice from the HSE

www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely

  1. Overview
  2. Risk assessment
  3. Talk to workers and provide information
  4. Work from home
  5. Make your workplace ‘COVID secure’
  6. Protect people at higher risk
  7. Cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitiser
  8. Where to get further help


Overwhelming Support for BIM Interoperability Report Recommendations from Public Consultation

Low angle photograph of four high rise buildings against blue, clouded skyThe Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), a partner of the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) responsible for delivering the Government’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme and facilitating collaboration with industry, has published a summary report following the public consultation on the CDBB’s BIM Interoperability Expert Group (BIEG) Report launched back in April 2020.


Back To Work: FIS Releases Guide On How Partitioning Can Help Manage Social Distancing

Office with glass partitionAs more businesses prepare for staff to return to work in offices, addressing social distancing, hygiene and creating a safe and comfortable working environment will be of vital importance. To ensure companies keep staff protected from the potential spread of COVID-19, the Finishes and Interior Sector (FIS) has produced an essential information guide on using partitions and screens to support social distancing guidelines.


Our Workforce Needs Protecting From More Than COVID-19

Abbey Petkar of Magenta Security ServicesStatement from Abbey Petkar, Magenta Security Services

“It is easy to assume that the greatest risks to our security guard workforce are related to COVID-19 or perhaps the physical danger of confronting criminals. Both of which are possibly even more concerning in the wake of recent civil unrest, protests and riots, which have seen a decrease in social distancing and a greater need for our guards to support other security forces.


First aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

First aid boxAdvice from the HSE www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm

This page covers first aid requirements in non-healthcare settings during the outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time.


CHSA calls on CMA to investigate unscrupulous traders

Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) logoThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requesting it investigate possible profiteering by unscrupulous organisations capitalising on the exceptional demand for cleaning and hygiene products.


Engineering Services Bodies Update COVID-19 site safety guides

Two men on construction site during daytimeLeading engineering services bodies BESA and ECA have released a joint sector guide on work-related travel and updated their guides on working in close proximity and in areas of increased risk of transfer of COVID-19, such as healthcare settings.


A pandemic reality: The steps employers can take to ensure employees are prepared for re-opening

Woman at office desk with a PPE mask onAround the globe countries are steadily relaxing the most stringent lockdown measures. But for employers there are a myriad of concerns. Preparing for the return to work can be a daunting task, as no person or organisation has ever navigated a situation like this one before. The primary goal is a return to operations that keep business running and profitable. However, it’s vital to acknowledge that this is a time of high anxiety for all employees. The shift to return to work is a momentous one and the biggest hurdle that employers need to overcome is how to instil confidence in their employees and assure them that they are returning to a safe place.


Recycling Centre Fire Highlights The Wider Impact Of Fire

British Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) logoWhen fire breaks out in a building the results can be devastating. While it’s easy to think of the initial impact on property and human life, there are a number of less immediate and adverse consequences on the natural environment which can be equally devastating. A fire that completely destroyed a plastic recycling warehouse in Lancashire this week, and could be seen across northwest England, has once again highlighted the very significant impact that affects so much more than the building owner and insurer.


British Cleaning Council Asks To Meet Minister To Discuss Key Industry Issues

British Cleaning Council (BCC) logoBCC makes the voice of the industry heard in relation to Coronavirus testing, facemasks, training and hygiene standards

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets to ask for a private meeting to discuss a number of issues that are key to the cleaning sector and the recovery from Coronavirus.

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