Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stakeholder Bulletin 23 April 2020

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The HSE website has the latest guidance and information for employers and employees.

 

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

You can find up-to-date information on GOV.UK, and in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the:


Open letter to the food industry about coronavirus

We have released an open letter to the food industry in response to concerns that have been raised. The letter addresses specific concerns raised by bakeries but is relevant to anyone in the food industry.


Guidance on fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

We’re advising healthcare workers how important it is to ensure RPE is fitted correctly, including step-by-step guidance on the correct way to fit a respirator and carry out a fit check.


Latest HSE information and guidance

Arrangements for regulation of chemicals during the coronavirus outbreak

We’ve made some administrative changes and updated contact details for the following chemical regimes:

  • Plant Protection Products
  • Biocides
  • Prior Informed Consent
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP)


Health and medical surveillance during the coronavirus outbreak

We have outlined our proportionate and flexible approach for occupational health providers, appointed doctors and employers to continue to enable health/medical surveillance.

 

Managing infection risks when handling the deceased

We have updated our publication Managing infection risks when handling the deceased which covers infection control and the transmission-based precautions to follow.


Previous guidance

We have published the following guidance, which you may find useful:

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