With the Government encouraging more people to return to work, assuming they are not among the group who can work from home, employers are having to think seriously about what measures they will need to ensure workplace safety.
Kindness is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, currently taking place up to Sunday 24 May 2020, which aims to highlight the benefits of helping others to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce stress during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new online portal specifically for care homes to order COVID-19 test kits has been launched by the Government, as it pledges to test all symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has provided interim advice following the temporary changes made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to DBS applications and processes.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has warned that some manufacturers are selling medical face masks and other fake personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers using false certificates and that other A4-sized face shields, made in good faith by communities to help frontline workers, could be unsafe because they are too narrow.
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced new advice on face coverings, suggesting the public should consider using them on public transport and in shops to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.