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Health & Safety legislation and CV-19 … and Prevention & control of infection in the workplace

At May’s Business Breakfast we were joined by Ashley Borthwick from Womble Bond Dickinson who gave a presentation on Health & Safety legislation and CV-19. You can download the presentation here. Key messages include: HSE legislation includes the need to care for the welfare of employees including mental health.Employers are not expected to completely eliminate risk of CV-19 – think about the risks and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them.Employees also have a legal responsibility to take reasonable care of their safety and their colleagues, and to cooperate with their employer.Communication and risk assessment is critical to managing workplace safety.Compliance with policies and procedures should be monitored and enforced.   An e-learning short course concerning prevention and control of infection in the workplace is available from Weston College. Download leaflet here The importance of mental health management and first aid was stressed by all. Weston College has information on Mental Heath first aid here.
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Call for Businesses’ Support with PPE

The Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is calling out to businesses across the area, on behalf of our local NHS and care system in the West of England, to ask for your support in the response to COVID-19. Due to overwhelming and unprecedented demand, there is a serious challenge in supplying the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), which is vital to the safe treatment of COVID-19 patients, to frontline health and care workers. The NHS and care system is seeking donations – large or small – or excess stock of the following PPE components: Fluid-repellent face masksAprons GlovesSafety glassesRe-usable washable gogglesHand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content). In addition to PPE, there is also need of Perspex bulkheads (which would also need to be installed). These are needed to protect reception and patient transport staff. If you are able to help in any way please contact the NHS and council teams coordinating the response via: [email protected] if they are in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, [email protected] if they are in Bath and North East Somerset Tim Bowles “I have been proud of the many West of England businesses which have already stepped up to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. We have always been a region where we work together and support each other, and this has never been more important than at this time of national need. Thank you for your help at this difficult time.”
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Free Workplace Health Checks

Knowle West Health Park has been commissioned by Bristol City Council to deliver free workplace health checks in Bristol North.

Pip A’Ness, Health Checks Outreach Worker:
“There are two ways in which workplaces can work with us:
1. Promote the health checks being offered locally in community venues to staff via email and noticeboards.
2. Alternatively, with sufficient interest from staff, I could come on site to deliver the 30-minute health check to eligible employees (registered with a GP within Bristol City Council), times to suit.  There is no cost to the company other than provision of a room and promotion to staff.

We have now delivered some 750 health checks in over 30 different workplaces across Bristol in the past 12 months, including the Cater Road Business Park, South Bristol Community Hospital and the BRI, First Bus, Bristol Waste Company, Babcock, Midas Construction, Computershare and the DWP Jobcentres. Where men predominately make up the workforce this project is proving invaluable in getting men to talk about their health and make positive lifestyle changes when, traditionally, men delay seeking help until their health has deteriorated. Some 50% of the people I see are referred back to their GPs for high blood pressure or the ‘diabetes check’. Everyone receives advice around making healthier lifestyle choices.  The simple Health ‘MOT’ can be a life-saver.”

Employees really appreciate this opportunity:
* Workplace is easier than making an appointment at the surgery. Felt more relaxed, didn’t feel rushed, every step explained. Very worthwhile. Should be adopted nationwide. (Female, 52)

* Very informative.  I was very interested in the cholesterol guidelines – good/bad, etc. I am hoping that my health check will kick start my cycling/swimming regime. (Male, 59)

* Always expected things to be fine, but this underlines there’s no room for complacency, so exercise to be upgraded. (Male, 60)

If you’re interested in supporting this opportunity, please display the poster (download here) and/or contact Pip A’Ness on 0117 377 2255 or email [email protected]