Entries by Mark Lambert

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Risk at Work – Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). […]

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Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are different regulations which apply to devices and equipment including hand gels and PPE (personal protective equipment) Antimicrobial hand sanitisers and gels Hand sanitising products fall into 1 of 3 regulatory groups depending on the products’ intended use, function, composition or how they are described: Products primarily used to clean and/or moisturise skin whilst […]

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Teachers put ‘at risk unnecessarily’ as schools prepare for reopening, union claims

The NASUWT says lockdown requests have ‘intensified’ in last week amid speculation of an early return. Schools, colleges and nurseries closed more than six weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak Schools have been asking teachers to come into work during lockdown to decorate classrooms, attend face-to-face meetings and make fresh preparations for a reopening, […]

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Airbnb to introduce cleanliness protocol programs for hosts

Worldwide: In response to the heightened attention on guest safety and cleanliness within travellers’ accommodations, Airbnb has launched its ‘Enhanced Cleaning Initiative’, which comprises two voluntary sanitisation and Covid-19 spread prevention programs, one of which could block reservations between stays over a proposed 72-hour period.    Airbnb’s latest initiatives were rolled out off the back […]

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Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

What you need to know The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to affect daily life, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the pandemic, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react […]

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HSE advises on the importance of fitting RPE correctly

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is advising healthcare workers currently using respiratory protective equipment (RPE) on the importance of ensuring it is fitted correctly. A respirator that is incorrectly fitted will not protect the wearer. Tight-fitting respirators rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. It is vital that before using a […]

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Half of nursing staff ‘under pressure to work without PPE’, finds RCN survey

Half of nursing staff have felt pressure to carry out their work without the levels of personal protective equipment set out in official guidance, according to the Royal College of Nursing. This includes those working in high-risk environments, where patients with or suspected of having Covid-19 are being treated on ventilators, said the college. “It […]