K. S. Safety Ltd
West Calder Business Centre
6 Dickson Street
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K.S. Safety Ltd is a Consultancy providing a wide ranging Health, Safety and Occupational Hygiene Service to assist you in meeting the requirements of the
Health and Safety at Work Act and its associated legislation.
We are committed to giving you, our customer a high quality and professional service whatever the size of the assignment or circumstances.
You will find us to be adaptable, flexible and practical in our approach and you can be sure that we shall work closely with you so that you will obtain maximum benefit from our service.
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Coronavirus - COVID-19
As a follow up to my recent emails and COVID-19, I bring you updates with respect to the role of the employer, videos relating to hand washing techniques, how to tackle 'presenteeism', links to government guidelines for employers and links to additional advice from the various UK health and safety professional bodies who have drawn up guidance.There are references to how to deal with staff who return from travel overseas, or those who show symptoms and are required to self isolate.
There are various links below. I would urge you to reflect upon the content and to develop your business continuity plans.
Soap and water remain the best way to inactivate the virus. The soap affects the structure of the virus and helps to inactivate it. This is the most effective control measure we can introduce. Once more: Paper towels, or paper towel roll - as opposed to textile towels - are essential in preventing the spread.
For an alcohol-based hand rub to be effective - this must be 70% alcohol- based or higher.
Tight fitting FFP3 grade respirators (which have been properly face-fit tested) will offer protection against airborne viruses and bacteria - but the majority of transmission has been via hand or contact with contaminate surfaces. N.B. If someone is coughing or sneezing, then the virus CAN be transmitted in this manner. Sudden onset coughing and a spiked temperature are the primary symptoms.
Government Guidance for Employers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19
Why employers should be tackling 'presenteeism'. Statutory Sick Pay. Can employers be prosecuted if employees are exposed? https://www.shponline.co.uk/asia/coronavirus-advice-for-employers/
Helpful hand-washing video - useful for tool box talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJrpfmnOnpc
Posters for around the workplace regarding hand washing NHS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJrpfmnOnpc
For Group Members in the transport sector: https://www.hgvalliance.com/Coronavirus-COVID-19/guidance-for-staff/transport-sector
Scottish Government Support Links: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/
Government Financial Support SSP & SE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19
Correct removal of vinyl/latex gloves: https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/poster-how-to-remove-gloves.pdf
Ensure frequently touched surface are regularly cleansed: Door handles, push panels, taps, light switches, key boards, telephone hand-sets, arm rests, steering wheels etc.
Double-bag waste (paper towels, wipes, disposable gloves etc) if there is a possibility of COVID-19 positive waste.
COVID19 are NOT reportable under RIDDOR.
I hope that these various links prove to be useful and help to answer some of the many questions.
I endeavour to provide you with as much assistance as possible.
Under European Law Organizations with five or more employees should have access to health and safety advice. For many small and medium enterprises, the luxury of employing such an individual on a full time basis is not a financial option.
Perhaps you would like to become a member of the K.S. Safety Group, where for a nominal annual fee:-
Based in West Lothian in Central Scotland, our location provides us with an easy and extensive road network to the North of England as well as to all areas in Scotland.
This is reflected in our widespread and extensive client base.
K.S.Safety Ltd On-line Training Facility
An affordable and cost effective opportunity for your staff to renew their training and certification on-line, without the need to be absent from the workplace.