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COVID 19 - Joint DoT and HSE letter on driver access to hygene facilities

A letter that reassures drivers, and reminds businesses of their obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

View HSE DoT Letter

COVID 19 - HSE reassurance on the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus

In response to concerns raised about the risks of air conditioning spreading coronavirus, we have issued advice that the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low.

If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.

You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems. If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.

Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus
HSE 01/06/2020
COVID 19 - MPA resources
The MPA has completed a suite of resources to support members bringing sites back on line. They include Employee, Managers and Operational Guidance together with supporting posters. They can all be downloaded from the Safequarry website.
MPAAll Subjects21/05/2020
COVID 19 - Posters outlining simple rules

Please view posters outlining simple rules for users to follow during COVID 19.  Subjects covered are;

  • Canteens
  • Kitchens
  • Toilets
  • Lifts

They can be downloaded as pdfs from the Other resources section of Safequarry. The posters have been supplied by Mansfield Sand and Gravel - Safer by Sharing

MPAAll Subjects28/04/2020
COVID 19 - GOV UK website

Guidance provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy for employers and businesses dealing with Coronavirus - COVID. The site has subsections on the range of topics listed below where further detailed information and resources can be found. Very useful for employers considering return to working.

  • What you need to know
  • Symptons
  • Good practice for employers
  • Social distancing in the workplace
  • Shift-working and staggering processes
  • Staying at home if you, or someone in your household, has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site
  • Sick pay
  • Certifying absence from work
  • What to do if an employee needs time off work to look after someone
  • Limiting spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in business and workplaces
  • Use of face masks in the community
  • Moving goods
  • Cleaning and waste disposal
  • Handling post or packages
  • Food safety

Link to the the GOV UK Website

MPAAll Subjects27/04/2020
COVID 19 - Driver access to welfare facilities

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally its not the sensible thing to do.Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.

With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.

HSE Bulletin - Driver access to welfare facilities

COVID 19 - HSE e-bulletin
Please follow link to latest HSE e-bulletin which includes social distancing
HSEAll Subjects20/04/2020
COVID 19 - Updated Site Operating Procedures - CLC

Version 3 of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Site Operating Procedures issued on 14th April 2020. The new document incorporates updated guidance from Public Health England on social distancing in the workplace. New advice is also provided with regard to travel to work in private vehicles and car sharing.

Contruction Leadership CouncilSite operation15/04/2020
COVID 19 - CRH Video

A short video on COVID 19 produced by CRH and incorporating some WHO content which explains how the virus is transmitted and practical measures you can take to prevent  transmission. 

The video can be viewed in the Safequarry video library - Safer by Sharing

CRHSite operation15/04/2020
Covid 19 - Workplace Checklist.

A useful template shared by CRH which provides a list of checks that can be carried out to ensure workplaces have appropriate procedures and controls in place. - Safer by Sharing

CRHSite operation15/04/2020
Covid 19 - Workplace Guidance

A comprehensive document that can be used to assess site control measures against the spread of Covid 19. The document contains some examples and ideas around various control aspects for your site to consider.

CRHSite operation15/04/2020
COVID 19 - Testing pressure and lifting equipment
HSE has issued a statement on carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.


HSETesting materials and equipment14/04/2020