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New product recalls and alerts site launched by OPSS

New product recalls and alerts site launched by OPSS

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has launched a new product safety alerts, reports and recalls site to help businesses, the British public and consumer groups identify unsafe products. The new area, which launched on 7 April 7, follows extensive research. The layout is designed to be more user-friendly and encourage the public to check the latest updates...

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Update from the National Cyber Security Centre

Update from the National Cyber Security Centre

Following Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences. The NCSC, which is a part of GCHQ ,  has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened. There is specific support and guidance for organisations of different sizes:...

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Accommodation: primary guidance on face coverings updated

Accommodation: primary guidance on face coverings updated

The primary guidance for accommodation businesses has now been updated regarding the wearing of facemasks in public areas. The guidance is essentially the same as when previous rules on wearing masks were in place. Specifically, this means: Staff and other workers must wear face coverings when they are working in any indoor area that is...

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Indoor events with mandatory Covid checks

Indoor events with mandatory Covid checks

The Government has just published the guidance for venues and events with require mandatory Covid check from Wednesday 15 December. Below are some of the main points in the detailed guidance. Where checks are required? The checks will be mandatory at: nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques other late night dance venues, where all of the following...

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Masks in shared spaces – shops and cafes

Masks in shared spaces – shops and cafes

The guidance states that facemasks do not need to be worn in any “other premises, or part of premises, which are being used wholly or mainly by people eating or drinking.” This means that if a business has a café that is combined with a shop, then the main purpose of that part of the...

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Working safely during coronavirus guidance updated

Working safely during coronavirus guidance updated

Despite the easing of almost all restrictions, the primary guidance for businesses in various sectors regarding rules and restrictions, and safe working practices is still “live” and has been updated. The updated areas are as follows: Guest accommodation: Most sections of the guidance have been updated to improve readability, with minor changes to information in...

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Payment diversion fraud campaign

Payment diversion fraud campaign

The National Economic Crime Centre is warning businesses of the dangers of payment diversion fraud, also known as business email compromise, which can leave victims tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket. It involves criminals impersonating others, creating or amending invoices and diverting payments to bank accounts under their own control. The NECC says:...

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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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