The HSE have released information and advice in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak relating to the health and safety of employees who continue to work during these times.
Protecting employees working from home
Did you know that when you have employees working from home you have the same health and safety responsibilities that you would have in the office?
Whether someone is working from home permanently or temporarily you should assess the risks associated with working from home. You should consider;
How to keep in touch with homeworkers.
- If using display screen equipment, is their working environment set up to carry this out safely?
- Is their equipment suitable for the work they are carrying out?
- How is working from home affecting employee’s mental health?
There may be additional control measure that need to be put in place to ensure that your employees are working safely.
Further information can be found here.
Face Masks – RPE
Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is vitally important in helping to limit the spread of Coronavirus however they rely on having a good seal on the wearers face and carrying out a face fit test is the best way to ensure the equipment performing as intending.
The HSE have issued guidance on minimising the risk of transmitting Coronavirus during face fit tests, information can be found here.
Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work
Keeping the countries supply chain of food and essential goods will be important over the next few weeks and many delivery drivers are working around the clock to ensure that our supermarkets are stocked with the items that people need the most.
The HSE has released guidance on the availability of welfare facilities such as toilets and hand washing facilities, this information can be found here.
They also state that the Department of Transport have temporarily relaxed the enforcement of driver’s hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for those involved in the delivery of;
- Non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning)
- Over the counter pharmaceuticals
Whilst these arrangements are not permanent and will change in the future, employers still need to take reasonable measures to ensure that the health and safety of their employees, other road users and those involved in the loading and unloading of vehicles is considered.
It is paramount that employees DO NOT continue to drive whilst tired and the relaxation of the rules should be utilised with caution.
As always, HCS will continue to support it’s customers and clients during this time.