Need for access to occupational health during Covid

30 June 2020

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has called for swift action to ensure that people in the UK have access to occupational health advice and assessment in the light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Report says HSE needs to do more during pandemic

30 June 2020

In a recent report, MPs have noted that during the pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) required only one business to close and had not inspected a single care home since 10 March 2020, warning that the Government needs to ensure the watchdog has the necessary funding to carry out its role.

Government orders local lockdown in Leicester

30 June 2020

With the city having recorded 10% of all positive coronavirus cases in the country over the past week, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the UK's first full local lockdown will be applied in Leicester.

New focus on the ITE curriculum

25 June 2020

Ofsted has published a new initial teacher education (ITE) framework aiming to ensure that future inspections focus more on the substance of the ITE curriculum, and how well trainees are prepared to teach, and less on outcomes data.

PM cuts social distancing in half

23 June 2020

Our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament as he announced that the Government had decided that the social distancing rules could be relaxed (in England) from 4 July.

People shielding from Covid-19 can return to work

23 June 2020

More than two million people shielding from coronavirus have been advised by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock that they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July.

Face masks: dos and don’ts

23 June 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new advice for the public on when and how to wear masks safely.

Advice for employers on the use of face coverings in the workplace

22 June 2020

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has released a new paper on the use of face coverings in the workplace, and has expressed concern at what it says is the “absence of clear guidance to employers” from the Government regarding likely requests by workers to wear face coverings.

Acas advice on returning to work during pandemic

19 June 2020

With the Government's advice still being to continue to work from home if possible, the mediation service Acas has noted that many employers and their staff remain concerned about the practicalities of physically going back to work.