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HSE to lead study on how virus spread at work

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HSE to lead a government-funded study to improve understanding of how the virus is transmitted in workplaces.


The study is one of seven studies commissioned as part of a national Covid-19 research programme, fronted by the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

HSE has will be focusing on the transmission of Covid-19 in the environment, including in workplaces, transport and other public settings.

Responding to the news, HSE’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Andrew Curran said: “HSE is privileged to lead this programme and use our experience in workplace risk management to improve our understanding of how the virus is transmitted.

“As findings emerge, they will be shared. We hope they will feed directly into effective approaches and guidance that will help improve practices in workplaces.

Professor Andrew Curran: "As findings emerge, they will be shared."

"This work will yield information on an ongoing basis, improving our understanding of what a COVID-Secure workplace looks like. When infection rates will allow sustained re-opening of the economy, working safely will be even more crucial than it is now.”

The National Core Studies are a small group of key research projects and infrastructure programmes designed to answer essential policy and operational questions as the UK enters the next stage in the coronavirus pandemic.

The seven studies will examine fundamental questions such as: the levels of infection in the general population and in specific settings such as schools and nursing homes. They will also assess the role of different environments in enhancing spread, and whether antibodies confer protection and for how long.

The programme will be a multi-agency response with each study lead drawing upon the best scientific knowledge and expertise available in the UK to ensure these and other critical questions are answered quickly and well.

 

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