Health and safety guidance to help businesses operate safely during Covid-19
|Working safely during coronavirus Covid-19||Legionella|
|Covid-19 - Accidents and reporting||Events|
|Food safety guidance for businesses||Ventilation|
|Risk assessment for coronavirus|
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When to make a RIDDOR report because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
You only need to make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) if:
When buildings reopen after lockdown, it is essential that water systems are not put back into use without considering the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. There is an increased risk of waterborne pathogens such as Legionella bacteria being present because of the conditions that the lockdown may have created. Guidance has been specially written by the CIEH for businesses so that they know about the risk and what to do about it before reopening their business. If your business is or has been required to close for any period of time, please ensure you make plans to carry out regular checks and flushes of the system to prevent Legionella.
As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes doing a risk assessment to decide what reasonable steps you need to take to protect your workers and others from coronavirus (COVID-19).
A generic risk assessment is unlikely to be specific or detailed enough. For example, it might not identify adequate ventilation requirements or sufficient cleaning controls for particular areas and circumstances.
As part of your risk assessment, you must:
If the number of persons involved in the event is restricted to 499 people, you will be able to operate under a temporary event notice (TEN) but if you are proposing a larger event it would need a full premises licence which involves a significantly longer application process.
In order for the event to operate safely it must be run in accordance with the relevant guidance to control the spread of Coronavirus and also comply with all the other health and safety requirements under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
You will need the landowner’s permission so if you are intending to use East Suffolk Council land you will need to apply for an event on council land. Part of that application will require you to submit an event management plan and risk assessment which will be passed to the Safety Advisory Group for them to consider. They will contact you if there are any issues that the group feels require addressing to ensure the event is managed safely.
It is recommended that you contact us to engage with the East Suffolk Safety Advisory Group (SAG) at the early stages of your planning. SAG will review plans for events that are perceived to pose a significant risk either due to the size, type location etc of events, to allow the relevant regulatory agencies (police, fire, ambulance, local authority etc) to gain intelligence prior to any event, to allow for emergency planning and advise each other on any areas of concern. SAG will liaise with Suffolk County Council Public Health department, if there are concerns about the transmission of Coronavirus associated with the event. The group will also advise the event organiser (duty holder) of ways in which they can manage the event safely.
Ventilation should be considered alongside other control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within your workplace or public indoor space.
It is important to identify and deal with areas that are not well ventilated. The more people occupying an area that is poorly ventilated, and the longer they remain in it, the greater the risk of spread of COVID-19.
Control measures such as avoiding certain activities or gatherings, restricting or reducing the duration of activities, providing ventilation breaks during or between room usage should be considered alongside ventilation for reducing the risk of airborne transmission.
Any actions to improve ventilation should not compromise other aspects of safety and security (for example, avoid propping open fire doors), and should consider other consequences such as health and wellbeing impacts from thermal discomfort.
Employers should provide employees with clear guidance on ventilation, why it is important, and instruction on how to achieve and maintain good natural ventilation or to operate systems if there are user controls.
The Health and Safety Executive provides advice on working safely and ventilation and air conditioning.
Make sure mechanical ventilation systems are maintained in line with manufacturers’ instructions. Set ventilation systems to using a fresh air supply and not recirculating indoor air, where possible. Assessing the requirement and performance of ventilation systems in many environments requires engineering expertise. In addition, ventilation design may be specific to the setting. For some existing and older buildings, ventilation systems may not have been designed to meet current standards and additional mitigations may be needed. If you are unsure, seek the advice of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineer or adviser.
Detailed ventilation guidance for workplaces and public buildings during the pandemic is provided by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Ventilation in vehicles
Like buildings, enclosed vehicles including cars, vans, and buses can also be high-risk for spreading COVID-19. It is important that vehicles are well ventilated to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Follow guidance on safer travel for passengers if you need to travel. Where you need to travel, consider walking or cycling if you can.
When operating or travelling in vehicles:
Further guidance on safer transport for operators and taxis and private hire vehicles is available. The Health and Safety Executive also has advice on using vehicles for work.
This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.
If you didn’t find the answer to your query within this information, additional guidance can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Alternatively, you can complete a brief enquiry form to inform us what further guidance you need or what concerns you wish to report. We will try and contact you within 7 working days or sooner wherever possible.