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HSE to examine respiratory risks in construction

HSE to examine respiratory risks in construction

HSE has stated that its inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting on Monday 4 October 2021.  This year inspections will focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease, looking at the control measures businesses have in place to protect...

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Keeping Communities Safe During Winter – Government webinar

Keeping Communities Safe During Winter – Government webinar

The Cabinet Office is holding a series of Keeping Communities Safe During Winter webinars on Zoom to support the Autumn and Winter COVID Plan. The next one takes place on Thursday 21 October 2021 at 3.00 pm and, as well as providing an overview of the most up-to-date Government guidance, it will focus on engaging...

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COVID passes required from 11 October in Wales

COVID passes required from 11 October in Wales

Regulations have been laid that now require people to show an NHS COVID pass to enter large events and high risk establishments, such as nightclubs, from 11 October. People must show the NHS COVID pass to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have a recent negative Lateral Flow Test to attend: nightclubs indoor non-seated...

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Consultation on mandatory COVID certification under Plan B

Consultation on mandatory COVID certification under Plan B

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a short consultation on mandatory COVID certification. The government’s Autumn and Winter COVID plan contains Plan A and a Plan B – Plan B being the fall-back position if the number of COVID cases spikes. In the plan, if this happens, the Government proposes to...

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Public guidance for travelling – masks

Public guidance for travelling – masks

With more and more businesses returning staff to HQ/offices, the Department for Transport (DfT) has updated the ‘Facemask’ section of their guidance to the public on how to undertake travel safely. The updated section now reads: You should wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do...

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Food Allergen resource now online

Food Allergen resource now online

A new multilingual allergen resource for food businesses in Wales, England and Northern Ireland is now freely available and hosted on the CTSI (Trading Standards) website. The materials have been made available as Natasha’s Law is about to come into force. The new law, due to be enacted in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland...

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Food labelling changes in October

Food labelling changes in October

‘Natasha’s law’ is coming into force on 1 October 2021 – although recent press reports suggest many businesses are still unprepared.  The requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The Food Standards Agency says that the new labelling will help protect consumers by providing potentially...

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Managing public outdoor settings

Managing public outdoor settings

MHCLG has published new guidance for the owners and operators of lands open to the public on how to manage these settings in a covid-safe manner. The guidance covers: green spaces outdoor playgrounds outdoor gyms tourist hotspots, including beaches, the countryside and coastal areas It give guidance on issues such as hygiene, toilets, holding events,...

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Updated guidance for businesses for Step 4 (England)

Updated guidance for businesses for Step 4 (England)

The Government has updated the Primary Guidance for businesses in various tourism-related sectors in England. They have also added a foreword that applies to all sectors, which states: From Step 4, legal restrictions can be lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. To support businesses...

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Government’s five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

Government’s five-point plan to manage the virus in the next phase

Government upholds that this five point-plan, set out in the COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 will help manage the risks of living with the virus on the careful and cautious pathway back to normality. Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up. Government will encourage vaccine take up among young...

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