Week Commencing 24/02/2020 – In The News

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Last Chance for Emergency First Aid Course

This is your last call to book onto our ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ course that will take place on Friday 6th March 2020! This is a 1-day course that has been expertly designed to give professionals a comprehensive overview of all the Health and Safety basics, meaning you can respond quickly and effectively to First Aid concerns. The course costs just £125 or £115 if 3 or more employees from the same company book onto the course.

Whether you are an employer looking to refresh your knowledge, or someone seeking to get peace of mind for the future, you can contact WA Management here to book your place.

Coronavirus Update

A black background with a whtie crown and the words 'GOV.UK' in white text.The latest advice from the UK government regarding the coronavirus has now been updated.

If you have returned from these specific areas since 19 February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • ‘Special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

If you have returned from these areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

We have also updated our poster which we recommend be put up in a prominent position in the workplace and its accompanying cleanliness and hygiene toolbox talk based on this new information.  

New March Hazard of the Month

HOM for March: DiscriminationNow that February is coming to an end, WA Management can announce that it’s next Hazard of the Month for March is Discrimination, particularly in the workplace. This will tie into International Women’s Day on 8th March, a day to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women. Additionally, with the current outbreak of coronavirus, discrimination against people of Asian ethnicity is also something that is prevalent and must be tackled.

To learn more about this hazard, make sure you follow our social media accounts closely throughout March!

Click the links below for our social media pages:

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In addition, for the month of March only, you can get 10% OFF our ‘Equality and Diversity’ and Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures‘ with the code ‘Equality20’ – these courses are ideal for both employers and employers who are committed to a working culture free of discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying.

Washing Hands can Reduce The Spread of Coronavirus at Airports, Study Says

An image of an virus/infection under a microscope.As coronavirus spreads around the world through infected air travellers, authorities are attempting to contain the outbreak and avoid a pandemic. The study reveals the impact of implementing disease mitigation strategies at airports across the world. Increasing traveller engagement with proper hand hygiene at all airports has the potential to reduce the risk of a potential pandemic by 24-69%, according to the researchers. They also identified 10 critical airports central to the global network, and if hand washing mitigation strategies are implemented in just those locations, they say the pandemic risk can drop by up to 37%. According to the study: “Hand hygiene mitigation strategies against global disease spreading through the air transportation network,” if increased hand washing practices were instituted in 10 key airports there would be a significant impact on decreasing the spread of viruses. Airports are not just locations that see large volumes of passengers, they also connect travellers with destinations in all parts of the world. Christos Nicolaides, lead author, University of Cyprus and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said: “Airports and aeroplanes are highly infectious because they are close, confined areas with large, mobile populations. Viruses are spread through bodily fluids, so keeping hands clean at major transport hubs is central to control spread.” Airports also contain numerous highly contaminated surfaces that are frequently touched by travellers, including self-service check-in screens, gate bench armrests, water fountain buttons, door handles, seats and tray tables.

Read more on the case from SHPOnline.

£54K Fine After A Two-Metre Fall Results In Broken Back

A ladder with green and yellow rungs.A tower crane hire company has been fined after a worker fell two metres when the podium steps he was working on toppled over. In November 2017, the worker was welding metal components while working at height on a set of podium steps which had been taken from another factory. The steps toppled over, causing the employee to fall approximately two metres to the floor and fracture two vertebrae. A HSE investigation found that the company had failed to follow its internal procedures, and did not carry out a risk assessment nor determine a safe system of work. The podium steps had been modified with the addition of incorrect feet, contrary to the manufacturers’ instructions. Stabiliser bars had also not been fitted and workers had not been trained in their correct use. London Tower Crane Hire and Sales Limited of Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £54,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,544.00.

Read more on the case from SHPOnline.