EXCELLENCE IN HSE COMPLIANCE
This guidance is for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
Working outdoors includes people in:
It is stressed that the government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.
The document sets out guidance on how to work safely. It gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the workplace. It is advised that each business will need to translate this into the specific actions it needs to take depending on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated.
The guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that businesses or employers continue to comply with existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. It contains non-statutory guidance to take into account when complying with these existing obligations. When considering how to apply this guidance, take into account agency workers, contractors and other people, as well as your employees.
To help decide on which actions to take, an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment must be carried out, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards. This risk assessment must be done in consultation with unions or workers.
The sections of this guidance cover the following:
Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments covering risks to employees who are at work and also risks to non-employees arising from their operations and to make and give effect to appropriate arrangements for planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review. Given that existing risk assessments may not cover Covid-19 hazards in sufficient detail, employers may wish to develop a specific risk assessment as part of their reoccupation planning. They must also consider how the key findings and controls from the risk assessment are effectively communicated to staff and other interested parties and how they are implemented.
In terms of topic areas, a reoccupation risk assessment might cover the following:
For your risk assessment or advice on your risk assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Here at CoreGenic, we are determined to help businesses get back to work. The attached guidance is issued jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health Wales (PHW), Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Public Health Scotland, Public Health England and NHS England as official guidance.
It is noted that the guidance is of a general nature and that an employer should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Having assessed the available evidence and feedback received from guidance users, PHE have updated sections to improve the guidance and ensure that it continues to make recommendations that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe.
Main changes to the guidance are: