Message from the HSE on COVID-19 Changes

Please see below a message from the HSE regarding the relaxation of ‘Plan B’ measures. It is important to note that the requirement to carry out a risk assessment for COVID-19 remains, as does the requirement for adequate ventilation, sufficient cleaning and good hand hygiene. HSE have also indicated they will continue to carry out spot checks for compliance with the latest guidance.

The UK government announced on 19 January that, with immediate effect, people are no longer asked to work from home.

From 27 January face coverings and the NHS COVID Pass will no longer be required by law in England.

The latest GOV.UK guidance has information on this and also on measures that remain.

There is separate advice for Scotland and Wales.

HSE’s latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you to continue to work safely during the pandemic.

You must still control the risks and review and update your risk assessment. The following workplace controls remain unchanged:

HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks to ensure workplaces are working safely and following the latest government COVID-19 guidance.

Latest on Self Isolation Rules

Please click on the link for full details of the latest rules on self-isolation – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#looking-after-your-health-and-wellbeing

We encourage you to maintain your COVID-19 control measures, which may include: social distancing, where possible, regular cleaning of hard surfaces and shared equipment, providing hand washing and sanitising facilities.  Controls against COVID-19 transmission will also protect against other viruses, such as flu and norovirus.

Direct Safety Solutions will continue to review our working arrangements and will discuss remote working options with you before any planned visits, limiting the time we spend at your site if necessary.  Please inform us in advance of any planned visit if your workplace is experiencing COVID cases.

Our consultants conduct lateral flow tests twice per week and, of course, will not visit if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 on the day.