Occupational Health and Safety during the Coronavirus Outbreak

OSHAssociation as a professional body has maintained its advocacy, specialised training  and awareness events during the outbreak and supported the response to COVID-19 by various government authorities and businesses. We recognised the threat presented by COVID-19 to workers, businesses, the broader community and our people, and we have advised employers to allow their employees to operate remotely where possible.

As we move into a new phase of supporting a safe return to work, OSHAssociation is adjusting the focus of its activities, including Live Online Training opportunities and In House Training for organisations which will be conducted in line with social distancing regulations and guidelines. Our activities will continue to be guided by the specific requirements and characteristics of various sectors.

Duty holders continue to have obligations to comply with health and safety at work legislation and requirements to manage and control workplace risks, including protecting workers and others from the risk of COVID-19 infection in the workplace.

Advice on COVID-19 will continue to be provided by our Concerns and Advice Team and up to date guidance and information will be available on or via our website.

OSHAssociation will maintain high level of Covid 19 advocacy, awareness and training  of individuals with health and safety responsibilities in the context of the current public health risk.

OSHAssociation:

  • will continue to work closely with public and private sector organisations and relevant  industry stakeholders to enable businesses to put practical safety measures in place to help people get back to work safely, while remaining compliant with public health and health and safety at work requirements.
  • will continue to help organisations meet the appropriate measures to protect workers from COVID-19
  • will continue with, and will build on, our re-prioritised awareness and training approach to key critical areas and activities in major hazard offshore oil and gas and onshore chemical, explosives and microbiological industries using remote techniques in conjunction with site visits where necessary.
  • will continue to undertake Covid 19 training and awareness activities which do not require site visits as normally as possible.
  • continue to partner with organizations to end work related deaths across all industry sectors, the most serious major injuries and dangerous occurrences and reported concerns, including those related to social distancing and COVID-19. In such cases we will continue to secure compliance with the law, and conduct our investigations using a mixture of technology, without compromising the collection of evidence and our ability to secure effective control of risk, and site visits.

OSHAssociation will keep promoting safety and preventive measures and Covid 19 updates will be communicated to everyone via website and social media channels.

COVID-19 continues as the top priority for everyone, government, employers, employees, partners, our children and our families.The pandemic places pressure on our members to understand how to protect themselves and their colleagues. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued further guidelines on the following topics:

  1. RIDDORreporting
  2. Review of PPE for Health Care Workers
  3. HSE activity during Corona Virus (Covid-19) outbreak
  4. HSE Joint Statement with CBI and TUC

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