Week Commencing 23/11/2020 – In The News

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Offer T’s & C’s
30% discount offer available until midnight 1st December 2020. Purchases must be completed by this time or the code will become invalid.
There is no limit to how many courses are purchased as part of the 30% discount offer.
The discount code can only be redeemed once.

Government Outlines Post-Lockdown Tiers

England’s post-lockdown coronavirus tiers have been set out by the government as more areas face the toughest restrictions.

Poster outlining restrictions in Tier 3 areas.A large number of regions are now in Tier 3, the highest level of restrictions, including Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull, Birmingham and Black Country, Leicester, Bristol, Manchester and more. Only three areas are in the lowest level of Tier 1, The Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Differences between the new tiers include restrictions on where households can meet up:

  • Tier one: the rule of six applies everywhere, indoors and out
  • Tier two: the rule of six applies outdoors but there is no household mixing anywhere indoors
  • Tier three: can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the rule of six applies

The system will be regularly reviewed and an area’s tier level may change before Christmas – the first review is scheduled for 16 December.

Find out more about what tier you are in and what this means on the Government website.

Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Offers 70% Protection

A syringe and vial being held in someone's hand.The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose.

The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection. However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two. So the vaccine will play a significant role in tackling the pandemic, if it is approved for use by regulators.

“The announcement today takes us another step closer to the time when we can use vaccines to bring an end to the devastation caused by [the virus],” said the vaccine’s architect, Prof Sarah Gilbert. The UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and AstraZeneca says it will make three billion doses for the world next year.

Read more on the vaccine from BBC News.

Waste Recycling Company Fined After Employee Fatally Injured

A swirling pile of booksA company has been fined following an incident where a 28-year-old employee, Martin Kane, was fatally injured whilst cleaning a mobile shredder. On 28th March 2018, two employees were trying to remove waste that was trapped between a heavy magnet and a hopper on the shredder machine. Mr Kane was struck by the magnet, which fell after he manually removed the locking pins that were keeping the magnet in place. He sustained extensive head injuries and died as a result.

The HSE’s investigation found that Enva Scotland Limited failed to provide employees engaged in cleaning and using the shredder with adequate training, information and instruction on the deployment of the magnet fitted to the shredder.

Enva Scotland Limited pled guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £264,000.

Read more on the tragic incident from SHPOnline.

Government Releases Winter Wellbeing Guide

A woman holding her hands in her head whilst sitting at a desk with notebooks, a laptop, phone and glasses in a case.Alongside COVID-19, winter is likely to put a further strain on people’s resilience and mental health. These feelings are completely understandable when life unexpectedly alters in a way which is sudden, dramatic, and out of our control.

The government has released a guide on ‘Staying mentally well this winter’ to help support people’s wellbeing. It includes sections on:

  • Empowering everyone to look after their wellbeing;
  • People who might be struggling with their wellbeing this winter;
  • Support in communities;
  • Supporting frontline health and social care workers.

There is also a section on wellbeing and work, which signposts the HSE’s ‘Talking Toolkit’, encouraging people to have effective conversations with employees on how to prevent work-related stress, and best practice will be available to employers via the Mental Health at Work website.

You can read the guide on the Government website.