Dust Health and Safety Hazards – What You Need to Know
As you will almost certainly already be aware, the Government has now enacted their Plan B to address additional risks from Covid19 this winter.
The main change for business is a return to the requirement to “work from home if you can.” This does not mean you have to send everyone home, but it does mean you have to consider whether your staff can physically and technically do their jobs from home, or whether you need them to be at work for a good reason. As before you should discuss this with your employees on an individual basis and no-one should feel unsafe coming to work.
Changes to the rules on the wearing of face coverings will also already be affecting those in retail or buildings to which the public have access. Clients in other types of settings may wish to consider whether they want their staff to wear face coverings in certain circumstances but remember they are not generally considered as a control measure at work outside of a clinical setting.
Changes to the rules on self-isolation, for those exposed as close contacts of people suffering from the new Omicron variant, have also been announced. Daily testing will replace the current requirement to self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status, but no date for this to come into effect has been given yet.
You must continue to consider other control measures and should include specific points on each in your Risk Assessment for Covid19. This includes:
The HSE website has excellent practical advice on all these areas: Coronavirus: latest information and advice – HSE news
If you need help on any aspect of Covid19 risk assessment and control, please contact us.