Coronavirus | Human factors

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    CPS releases list of people jailed for coughing on key workers

    The Crown Prosecution Service has today warned that anyone using coronavirus to threaten emergency workers will face criminal charges, after it released a list of people it had arrested for coughing on police and others.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 April 2020

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    How is the waste and recycling sector dealing with coronavirus?

    The ink had barely dried on guidance written for the waste sector in handling the coronavirus outbreak, before it was sent out to stakeholders to respond. Normally, new health and safety guidance can take months, if not years, to agree on and prepare – in COVID-19 it will be turned around in a week.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 08 April 2020

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    Health unions call for wartime style PPE manufacturing effort

    Manufacturing capacity currently furloughed or underutilised should be repurposed to produce the PPE kit desperately needed by NHS, social care providers and others, say doctors.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 06 April 2020


    HSE, CBI and TUC issue joint statement on coronavirus and workplace safety

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), CBI and TUC have today issued a joint call for employers to ensure safe working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 03 April 2020

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    Why is handwashing important to stop the spread of coronavirus?

    The common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (or Covid-19) may be opposite in the impacts they can have on human health, but they belong to the same family. Both are respiratory tract infections caused by coronaviruses.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 April 2020


    Working from home: the new normal

    It’s a truism that things reveal their nature when they break. While systems and processes run smoothly, it’s easy to forget that a functioning society only works when individuals can come together as groups.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 03 April 2020

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    Indian businesses urged to join fight against COVID-19

    Big businesses in India have been urged to direct their corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending on helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic after the government confirmed that such expenditure would be covered by the CSR spending rules.

    By Thomas Tevlin on 31 March 2020

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    128 MPs call for “non-essential” businesses to close

    Calls are mounting for the government to provide clarity over which workplaces should close to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 30 March 2020

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    Be proud of our own contribution

    When sitting down to write on a current topic in workplace health and safety, it is impossible to block out the deafening roar from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 09 April 2020


    “We have powers to require businesses to stop work”: HSE

    HSE could use its powers to shut businesses down if they fail to take measures to protect the health and welfare of their staff during the coronavirus pandemic, its chief executive Sarah Albon has said.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 26 March 2020