Health and Safety at Work 2019/20

Introduction

 

2020 has brought about a whole new set of health and safety challenges in the workplace, whether that might be the office or at home. The HSE have recently published their Health and safety at work 2019/20, Summary statistics for 2020. In this post, we’ll detail some of the key facts and messages that should be taken from this.

 

Key Facts:

 

A summary of the Health and Safety at Work 2019/20 statistics

A summary of the Health and Safety at Work 2019/20 statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following key facts refer to dates covering 2019/20 unless stated otherwise

  • 1.6 million work-related or ill health cases (new or long-standing)
  • 0.8 million work-related stress, depression or anxiety disorders (new or long-standing)
  • 0.5 million work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases (new or long-standing)
  • £10.6 billion annual costs of new cases of work-related ill health in 2018/19
  • 0.7 million workers sustaining a non-fatal injury
  • 65,427 non-fatal injuries to employees reported by employers
  • 111 fatal injuries to workers
  • 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries
  • 12,000 lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work
  • 2,446 mesothelioma deaths in 2019 with a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos
  • £10.6 billion annual costs of new cases of work-related ill health in 2018/19
  • £5.6 billion annual costs of workplace injury in 2018/19
  • £16.2 billion annual costs of work-related injury and new cases of ill health in 2018/19

 

A look at 2018/19 and 2019/20

 

By looking back at the same report from 2018/19, we can see what figures have increased or decreased or even stayed the same. Below, we’ve stated some of the key differences we’ve found between the reports;

 

  • 226,000 more workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing)
  • 5.1 million increase in working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety
  • 0.2 million increase in workers suffering from work-related ill health
  • 9 million increase in working days lost due to work-related ill health
  • £1.2 billlion increase in work-related injury and ill health
  • 2 million increase in working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders

 

The rise in workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, as well as working days lost due to this, is likely in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic that has dominated 2020. This pandemic has been detrimental to mental health across the world and the UK, and these figures represent that. Covid-19 may also be responsible for the 2 million increase in working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders, a consequence of the transition to home working.

 

Conclusion

 

As a health and safety company, we want to keep you up to date on figures like these and help you understand the trends in data. It’s important, now more than ever, to be proactive about the health and safety of your company and workplace. If you require any of our expert health and safety services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on t: + 44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

Further Resources

  • Click here for our Managing Covid-19 Q&A
  • Click here for our September 2020 Legal Update
  • You can also click here for the HSE’s Health and Safety statistics page

Managing Covid-19: Q&A

Introduction

 

Managing Covid-19 and all of its many implications is a difficult task, especially when nothing is certain and government guidance is constantly updated. We’ve put together some information regarding common questions being asked about Covid-19 symptoms, isolation and testing.

 

Q – What do I do if I get symptoms of Covid-19?

 

If you begin to develop any of the Covid-19 symptoms; a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss or change of sense of smell or taste:

  • Get a test as soon as possible
  • Anyone you live with must self-isolate until you’ve received your test result
  • Anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate until you’ve received your test result
  • Contact your employer
4 symptoms of Covid-19 stated as per government guidance

Covid-19 Symptoms

 

Q – What do I do when I get my result?

 

If you test negative:

  • Keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days from when you were last in contact with the person who has Covid-19 – you may get symptoms after being tested
  • Anyone you live with can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
  • Anyone in your support bubble can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
  • Contact your employer

If you test positive:

  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started – even if it means self-isolating for longer than 14 days
  • Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started
  • Anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started
  • Contact your employer

 

Q – What if I don’t have any symptoms?

 

If you do not develop any symptoms of Covid-19 whilst self-isolating:

  • You can stop self-isolating after 14 days
  • You do not need to have a test
  • Contact your employer

 

Q – How will I be contacted?

 

If you have been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 and need to self isolate:

  • An email, text or phone call from the NHS Test and Trace – text messages will come from NHS tracing and calls will come from 0300 0135 000
  • An alert from the NHS Covid-19 app
  • Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian’s permission to continue the call
  • You will be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website – https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk
  • If you cannot use the contact tracing website, they will you

 

NOTE – The Test and Trace team will not ask for:

  • Bank details or any payments
  • Details of any accounts
  • Passwords or pins by phone
  • You to call any premium rate contact number

 

Managing Employees testing positive for Covid-19

 

Q – One of our workers has tested positive, should we close the workplace?

 

  • A worker with a confirmed diagnosis should stay at home with immediate effect and employers should advise them to follow the government’s self-isolation advice and apply for a test
  • If a worker has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, they should self-isolate, as should all in their household. Under the test and trace system, they will be asked to disclose the places they have visited in the 48 hours prior to their symptoms starting, which may include their workplace.
  • Staff who were exposed to the infected colleague should be sent home. Government advice states those who have been in recent close contact with an infected person should self-isolate, breaking the transmission chain.

 

Q – If an employee was asked to self-isolate or has Covid-19, would it breach privacy to communicate this to the rest of the employees?

 

If an employee is asked to self-isolate or has Covid-19 this must be communicated to the rest of the employees. If done correctly, this won’t be a breach of privacy. An employer has both a duty of mutual trust and confidence towards all employees and a duty to take care of all employees’ health and safety.

Employers must keep staff informed about potential or confirmed Covid-19 cases amongst other staff. Data protection does not prevent employers honouring their duty to the health and safety of all employees or sharing data with authorities for public health purposes. There are special exemptions in the Data Protection Act 2018 which enable employers to share information where there are risks to the wider public.

Now that testing and tracing systems are up and running employees will be contacted if they have been in close proximity to a colleague who has tested positive for Covid-19. 

Employees are more likely to trust the employer’s virus management plans if there is openness about infected persons in the workplace so employers should not try to prevent people finding out, although they may wish to instruct employees not to talk to the media about any cases.

 

Conclusion

 

To conclude our managing Covid-19 guidance, we recommend that you make an effort to check up on government guidance every few weeks to ensure you are aware of any updates. We will continue to follow these updates and provide guidance regarding any changes made.

If you are interested in any of our Covid-19 support services, or have any further questions about guidance, please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

Resources

  • Returning to work support: Covid-19 – click here.
  • Working from home during Covid-19 – click here.
  • FFP Masks: Covid-19 – click here.
  • Government Coronavirus page – click here.

First Aid for Mental Health

 

Introduction

We hope to support Suicide Awareness and Prevention by offering First Aid for Mental Health

September was National Suicide Prevention month and we want to show our support by announcing that we will soon be able to offer training for First Aid for Mental Health. In 2018 alone more than 6,800 lives were lost to suicide in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

At Amalgamate, we understand the importance of mental health. We want to use our company voice to raise awareness about mental health issues and highlight the options of support that are available. Covid-19 has emphasised the importance of mental health and isn’t something that is going to end any time soon.

Two of our trainers will be attending training to qualify them in First Aid for Mental Health. This will allow Amalgamate to begin delivering First Aid for Mental Health from the end of October. 

 

 

What will our trainers be learning?

 

The course will cover a range of subjects including:

  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Post-traumatic stress order
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress, anxiety and depression

These are only some of the topics that are being covered to qualify our trainers.

 

 

What will this course allow us to do?

 

Our trainers will receive two qualifications from completing this course:

  • Instructor Certificate in First Aid for Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health or level 6 in Scotland.

This course will also provide us with the ability to teach the following qualifications:

  • Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health or level 4 in Scotland
  • Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health or level 5 in Scotland
  • Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health or level 6 in Scotland

 

 

Conclusion

 

We are looking forward to expanding our training abilities and qualifications whilst also being able to promote and support mental health awareness. If you are interested in learning more or booking one of these courses when it becomes available, please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

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September 2020 Legal Updates

 

Introduction

 

We want to detail the 2020 Legislation Updates for Health and Safety. As a H&S company, we want businesses and employers to be aware of the current legislation to ensure the safety and compliance of everyone in the workplace. The current Covid-19 crisis has resulted in legislation updates surrounding exposure and control. Below, we will talk you through the new legislation and regulation updates.

 

Coronavirus Act 2020

 

The Coronavirus bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020. It received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020 and is now in force. The purpose of the act is to enable the government to respond to an emergency and manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The legislation includes:

  • Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020
  • Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020
  • Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020
  • Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

 

Brexit

 

Minor amendments have been made to regulations to remove EU references, but the legal requirements for employers remain the same as before Brexit day (officially 31 January 2020). Therefore, duties to protect the health and safety of those affected by your work have not yet changed. 

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 has been passed into law and implements the agreement made between the UK and the EU regarding the arrangements for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

 

Grenfell

 

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been suspended for the foreseeable future after the prime minister tightened restrictions on social distancing, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The full report on Phase 1 of the Public Inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower was published in October 2019. 

Phase 2 was underway before the suspension, calling witnesses involved with refurbishing the tower and installing the cladding, including members from Kensington and Chelsea borough council and the private construction companies responsible for the design. It seeks to identify how the building failed so drastically to prevent a disaster of this scale.

Budget 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged an extra £1 billion in a new building safety fund. The funding will go “beyond ACM to make sure that all unsafe cladding will be removed for all social and residential buildings above 18 metres high.”

 

Fire Safety bill

 

The Fire Safety bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020 (bill 121). 

Its purpose is to clarify that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Fire Safety Order) applies to external walls (including cladding, balconies and windows) and individual flat entrance doors in multi-occupied residential buildings. The provisions in the bill extend and apply to England and Wales.

 

 

Key legislation and guidance that has come into force

Carcinogens and Mutagens (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

These regulations came into force on 2 March 2020 and aim to:

  • Protect workers, and seafarers who are not workers, on United Kingdom ships from the risk of harm from exposure to carcinogenic or mutagenic substances at work 
  • Ensure an equivalent level of protection for workers on ships and seafarers who are not workers, as for workers ashore 
  • Increase protections for those coal mine workers who work below ground in relation to exposure to one carcinogen, namely respirable crystalline silica dust (RCS dust) 

EH40/2005 (updated to 4th Edition)

In January, the HSE published a revised version of EH40/2005 which details some new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits for 13 carcinogenic substances. These revised limits may mean that you need to review your COSHH risk assessments to ensure exposure is controlled to as low as reasonably practicable. 

The new or revised entries are for the following substances:

  • Hardwood dusts
  • Chromium (VI) compounds
  • Refractory ceramic fibres
  • Respire crystalline silica
  • Vinyl chloride monomer
  • Ethylene oxide
  • 1,2-Epoxypropane
  • Acrylamide
  • 2-Nitropropane
  • O-Toluidine
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Hydrazine
  • Bromoethylene

Welding fume risk

At the start of the year, the HSE announced that during the period January 2020 to March 2020 they would be inspecting sites across the country which carry out metal fabrication work to check that employers are controlling exposure to welding fumes and metalwork fluids.

HSE has now revised its Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) direct advice for welding: 

COSHH advice sheets: welding, cutting and surface preparation

  • WL0 – Advice for managers
  • WL2 – Welding in confined/limited/restricted spaces
  • WL3 – Welding fume control
  • WL14 – Manual gas and oxy-gas cutting
  • WL15 – Plasma arc cutting: fixed equipment
  • WL16 – Arc-air gouging (air-carbon arc gouging)
  • WL18 – Surface preparation: pressure blasting (small items)
  • WL19 – Surface preparation: pressure blasting (medium-sized items)
  • WL20 – Surface preparation: pressure blasting (large items)
  • WL21 – Weld cleaning with pickling paste.

 

New Building Safety Regulator

The Government announced that a new building safety regulator, which was established immediately, would be part of the HSE. The purpose of the new building safety regulator is to improve building safety and performance standards, including overseeing a new, more stringent regime for higher risk buildings.

 

Building Safety Advice for Building Owners, Including Fire Doors

Issued in January, this document brings together a number of advice notes for building owners on the measures they should take to ensure their buildings are safe.

It covers the safety of external wall systems (including spandrel panels and balconies), smoke control systems, fire doors and what short-term measures should be put in place should a significant safety issue be identified. It additionally reflects the independent panel view that cladding material comprised of ACM (and other metal composites) with an unmodified polyethylene core should not be on residential buildings of any height and should be removed.

 

To Conclude

 

If you want more details about the 2020 Legislation Updates, you can download Barbour’s full Health and Safety Legislation Update for April 2020 and Beyond from this page.

You can also check out the Legislation and Guidance Updates section on our website here.

If you have any questions or want to get in touch please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

Legionella and COVID-19

 

Introduction

 

Do you know how to keep your company safe from the increased risk of legionella during COVID-19? We’ve detailed some information and guidance on managing this increased risk. The HSE recently released information surrounding legionella risks during the current COVID-19 pandemic (click here to read). They’ve stated that due to water stagnation in closed or reduced occupancy buildings, there is an increased risk of legionella growth which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease.

 

 

This infographic from medicalxpress details the common signs and symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease.
This infographic from medicalxpress details the common signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease.

What is Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease?

 

Legionella is a type of bacteria that can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, a type of severe pneumonia. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the growth of legionella in water systems which aren’t adequately managed. This can also result in the milder form of Legionnaires’ Disease, a flu like illness called Pontiac Fever. Breathing in mist from water systems containing legionella is what causes the disease. This mist may come from hot tubs, showers, or air conditioning units in larger buildings.

 

 

Why has it’s risk increased from COVID-19?

 

The risk of legionella bacteria, and hence Legionnaires’ disease, has increased amidst COVID-19 due to stagnant water. Closure of buildings, parts of buildings or their restricted use, can increase the risk of legionella growth in water systems and associated equipment including evaporative air conditioning systems, spa pools/tubs etc. 

This risk is relevant to all public, residential and office buildings with similar water systems.

 

 

Preventing Legionella

 

It’s important that during this pandemic you manage and keep all water systems safe whilst closed or during partial shutdowns. This is for the future health and safety of guests, visitors and staff.

Review your risk assessment and update it to reflect your current water system usage and other systems or equipment which have reduced use or are shut down. Document how you will protect staff, visitors and others from legionella growth who remain on your property and when it re-opens.

If required, get help from an experienced and competent water treatment advisor, public health or environmental health authority. Where national guidelines or legislation are in place then you must follow those.

 

 

Key points to remember

 

Legionella will grow in water systems to levels which may cause infection where:

  • The temperature of the water is between 25°C and 50°C – prevent hot water from cooling below 50°C and cold water from warming above 25°C.
  • There’s poor or no flow.
  • The use of materials which provide protective niches and nutrients for growth and biofilm formation may collect in the system pipework and calorifier.
  • There is a means of creating and disseminating inhale droplets such as aerosols generated by; evaporative cooling systems, taps, showering, pools, fountains, flushing a toilet etc.
  • There is potential for contamination from poor quality source water.

 

 

Resources

 

For an in-depth article by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases on managing water systems to prevent legionella growth, click here.

You can also click here to read the British Lung Foundation’s article on Legionnaires’ disease including who is at risk, prevention, symptoms and treatment.

We also have a Beginner’s Guide to Controlling Legionella post on our website which you can read here.

If you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

FFP Masks: COVID-19

 

Introduction

 

FFP masks and face coverings have become the new normal for battling the deadly COVID-19 outbreak. An FFP mask is a disposable mask used as a barrier for preventing the spread of respiratory particles. This is called source control. The use of these masks have been advised due to the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. We will detail the types of masks available, selecting/fitting one as well as putting on (donning) and removing (doffing) a mask.

 

 

Types of FFP Masks

 

These are some of the different FFP masks available for use during COVID-19, an N95 mask is closest to an FFP2 mask
These are some of the different FFP masks available, an N95 mask is closest to an FFP2 mask

FFP stands for Filtering Face Piece and they are split into 3 categories determined by their protection level. OEL (Occupational Exposure Limit value) refers to the amount of toxic substance that is allowed in air within a workplace. The APF (Assigned Protection Factor) indicates the factor by which the wearer is protected from hazardous substances. For example a mask with an APF of 4 will reduce the hazard of the wearer breathing in toxic substances by 4 times.

 

FFP1

  • The most basic of masks
  • 4 X APF
  • 4 X OEL

 

FFP2

  • Offers more protection than FFP1
  • Recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the outbreaks of SARS, coronavirus and avian flu.
  • 10 X APF
  • 12 X OEL

 

FFP3

  • Offers the highest protection from breathing in hazardous substances
  • Can block both liquid and solid aerosols
  • Current NHS guidelines stipulate FFP3 face masks for virus and bacterial infection control when the contagion is spread through coughing and sneezing (such as with the coronavirus)
  • 20 X APF
  • 50 X OEL

 

 

Preparing your mask

 

FFP masks require a tight fit to your face therefore it is essential that you are fit tested as part of the selection process – this ensures that the mask forms a seal to your face. Your face must be clean shaven for an effective seal. If you do have facial hair, make sure that it is groomed and does not protrude under the mask seal or interfere with an exhalation valve.

 

Visual Checks

  • Before you start, make sure your hands are clean and disinfected
  • Read the manufacturers instructions and make sure this is the correct type and size of mask you have been fit tested for
  • Unpack and unfold the mask, check the straps, face seal and the nose clip
  • Check the filtering material for holes/damage by putting it up to light and examining it
  • If the mask is squashed, crumpled or damaged, don’t use it – dispose of it

 

 

Donning your mask

 

  1. Cup the mask in your hand with the straps hanging loose below
  2. Place the mask over your chin then pull over your nose
  3. Pull the bottom strap over your head to the back of your neck
  4. Pull the top strap over your head to sit above your ears and on the crown of your head
  5. Ensure the straps aren’t twisted
  6. If you need to tighten the strap, pull both ends at the same time, bottom strap first then the top
  7. Make sure the mask is tightly fitted but not uncomfortable
  8. Ask a colleague or use the mirror to check the straps are in the correct position

 

 

Nose Clip

Additionally some masks may have a nose clip which should be pressed firmly against the shape of your nose. To adjust it, roll your fingers from the bridge of your nose down to either side to ensure a good seal. Furthermore, if you wear glasses, take them off for the time of mask fitting to make sure a gap is not created between the mask and your face.

 

 

Doffing your mask

 

Method 1

  1. First make sure your hands are clean
  2. Pull the bottom strap of the mask over your head first and let it hang below the mask
  3. Grab the bottom straps and pull the mask off the face and up so the top strap of the mask comes off the crown of your head
  4. Do not touch the outside of the filtering material!
  5. Finally wash or sanitise hands

 

Method 2

  1. First make sure your hands are clean and lean slightly forwards
  2. Grab both straps of the mask behind your ears, pull them up and around your head and slide hands forward until the mask detaches from your face
  3. Do not touch the outside filtering material!
  4. Finally wash or sanitise hands

 

 

Disposal

 

FFP masks have a limited time of use. They shouldn’t be used for more than 3-4 hours, after that time they should be discarded. A mask should be discarded safely after it has been used, is damaged, soiled, damp, uncomfortable, difficult to breath in or if you feel that the seal is compromised. The mask should be discarded straight after use into an appropriate bin (ideally a pedestal closed bin). Sanitise or wash your hands after disposing of the mask.

You can also click here to read a great article that explains everything you need to know about the different types of FFP3 masks available.

Finally, you can click here to read the HSE’s fit testing basics.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com if you have any questions or require any further information.

Wellbeing Webinar – Working from Home

One of our promotional graphics for our Working from Home Wellbeing Webinar. Mental Health Awareness 2020 #BeKind
One of our promotional graphics for our Working from Home Wellbeing Webinar

Background

COVID-19 hasn’t just been physically harming, it’s also been mentally draining. If your wellbeing has suffered whilst working from home then we’ve got a webinar just for you! Working from home has become a large part of many of our lives as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a health and safety company, we believe it’s important to promote good wellbeing during this challenging time.

Hosting the webinar

Megan McGinney, our resident Wellbeing Ambassador and Training Coordinator, has designed a Working from Home Wellbeing Webinar. Megan has experience with face to face learning and an honours degree in applied psychology, making her the perfect host.

What will be covered?

The webinar will cover different topics surrounding wellbeing. There will be focus on:

  • What mental wellbeing is and why we need to focus on it
  • The impacts of poor mental wellbeing
  • How stress, anxiety and depression can present itself.

We will focus on providing ways in which attendees can develop a good work-life balance as well as tips on how to express their needs and mindfulness. We have included a section on how to access resources from work alongside free resources that are available to each attendee should they not want to go through official channels.

Who is it aimed at?

Our target audience is attendees who have been, and are currently, working from home during COVID-19.

Resource Pack

Each webinar attendee will be provided with a free resource pack containing additional information on everything discussed. There will be links and contact details to apps and online resources designed to support wellbeing.

When is our next webinar?

Our next webinar is on the 27th of July at 11:00. Tickets are available through Eventbrite, you can click here to register for free now!

Here are a few links to some of our previous articles about wellbeing:

  • Working from Home Support – click here.
  • Working from Home: Physical and Mental Wellbeing – click here.
  • Taking Care of Employee and Colleague Wellbeing – click here.

If you have any questions about our webinar or would like more information please get in touch through t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

First Aid Training Safety: COVID-19

Introduction

We’re beyond happy to be back delivering our First Aid Training but we understand that there is still an exposure risk to COVID-19. The safety of our participants is our top priority which is why we’ve taken new measures to minimise cross contamination.

One of our mannequins set up with a face shield provided to further prevent contamination. This is one of many precautions to ensure safety during our First Aid Training courses.
One of our mannequins set up with a face shield provided to further prevent contamination.

Before the Course

  • A poly pocket containing the material required for the course will be made up for each participant. 
  • All mannequins will be disinfected/sanitised before the course along with AEDs.
  • The equipment will be set up prior to the course starting so it can begin as soon as everyone has arrived. 

During the Course

  • Each participant will have their own mannequin for the practical tasks and a face shield will be provided to cover the mannequin’s face as another precaution.
  • Participants will be asked in turns to place their used equipment in a designated area which will be collected by the trainer afterwards to maintain distance.
  • Any used equipment will be placed in a separate bag to prevent contamination with other equipment.
  • Hospital grade Trionic cleaning & disinfection wipes will be available throughout the duration of the course to sanitise equipment which will have a designated bag for disposal.
The Trionic hospital grade cleaning & disinfection wipes used throughout the course.
The Trionic hospital grade cleaning & disinfection wipes used throughout the course.

After the Course

  • Our trainers will bring home the equipment to be fully disinfected.
  • Mannequins will be sanitised with hospital grade Trionic cleaning & disinfection wipes as well as antiseptic disinfectant.
  • All used bandages will be soaked in disinfectant.
  • Any bags that contained used equipment will also be disinfected as well as the polly pockets.
  • The bag containing waste from the course will be disposed of appropriately.

To Conclude

The safety of everyone on our First Aid Training courses is our top priority and we are taking every precaution we see fit to minimise COVID-19 exposure risks and cross contamination. We ask that only those feeling well and showing no symptoms should attend our courses. We look forward to continuing to deliver First Aid training to our clients as safely as possible.

For more information on the training courses we have available currently, please click here to read our full post.

You can also read more about the Trionic wipes here.

Returning to work support: COVID-19

We’re starting to move towards a relaxation of the lockdown rules surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore many businesses are returning to work. At Amalgamate, we’ve been working to develop health, safety and wellbeing strategies for the reoccupation of workplaces across all different industries.

We have been working closely with our clients throughout the current outbreak to support them in managing the health, safety and wellbeing implications of COVID-19. Our team has built a recovery ready toolkit that allows our clients to fulfil their compliance needs and ensure they are protecting their employees.

These include:

  • Enhanced H&S Policy and arrangements;
  • Tailored COVID-19 secure and task specific risk assessments; 
  • Safe operating procedures for the reoccupation of construction sites, small and medium sized offices and large multi-location organisations;
  • Site inductions and toolbox talks for re-opening;
  • Online and blended learning courses for First Aid & Fire Safety
  • Developing audits and re-opening checklists; and 
  • Providing guidance and support

Our teams are also able to provide:

  • Updates to fire risk assessments to account for revised building operating models
  • Updates to First Aid risk assessments and systems
  • Legionella and asbestos surveys
  • Employee health and wellbeing programmes to ensure that you have a happy and healthy workforce

This a challenging and unique situation so if you need support in your business returning to work amidst COVID-19, please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or email us on info@amagamalgamate-safety.com

Our experienced consultants will be more than happy to discuss your needs and provide practical health, safety and well-being advice to ensure that your buildings are safe to re-open and it is safe for your employees to return.

We’re also able to provide environmental cleaning services through our network of specialist suppliers, for more information on this please click here.

For guidance published from the Government on reopening businesses safely, click here.