Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2020!
As lockdown is relaxed and people return to their workplaces, the next challenge will be adapting open office spaces to the new normal of strict personal hygiene and physical distancing.
We have been back in the office since the end of May, as we are very fortunate that our premises are small enough, with limited footfall, and the ability to control containment and safe distancing for the team. The merits and disadvantages of large open plan and flexible work spaces have long been debated, but the risk they posed of allowing highly contagious viruses to spread was rarely (if ever) considered.
With vigilant measures in place some companies could continue to embrace open, flexible work spaces and the benefits they represent. However, this is unlikely, even if some employers can operate with minimal risk, there will be an expectation they provide virus-free workplaces should there be future outbreaks.
These considerations for companies large and small, will prove challenging and not without its stress. So, as we all return to our new normal, we want to wish you a safe and productive adjustment, whatever form this will take for you and your team.
The Team at MSA
Working at Home
Many companies have begun to embrace the idea of working from home as a more permanent option for their employees. In an age where work and life need to integrate much more successfully, remote working can be a wonderful thing. But it also comes with it’s challenges. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge those challenges and establish a robust risk management checklist as it is your responsibility for the protection of the occupational health and safety of staff who work from home. It is also good practice for the homeworker to carry out a self-assessment of the risks in the home.
A few things to consider are:
• Mental health issues due to isolation.
• Stress due to unclear work hours.
• Physical impact of unsuitable furniture.
• Security when sharing sensitive documents.
• Slips, trips, and falls at home.
• Loss or damage to equipment
• Manual handling injuries
• Insurances, for mortgage or leases
• Suitable internet set-up
• Remote access to databases.
• Will the employee set up impact family?
• Specific adaptations due to disability.
• Fire risks assessment.
• Storage of tools or materials.
• First aid provision
• Recording and reporting of accidents
We Have a Winner
We actually have two winners!
Life has been tough for so many lately, so it was our pleasure to pick Maria and Janet from the many entries and they will both be enjoying a fabulous Afternoon Tea and Bubbles at the ‘Jewel of the Forest’, Rhinefield House! Looking forward to the photos!
Movie Night Giveaway
With the cooler evenings approaching, how about a great movie hamper for the family!
Settle down with a hamper packed with popcorn, sweet treats, wine, beer, and a voucher for Domino’s Pizza!
To enter, simply go to:
No purchase required. The winner will be contacted by email. Terms and Conditions apply. Giveaway closes on the 2nd October 2020 at 10am.
Volunteering in the Community
Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the organisation’s needs. To find out who is looking for volunteers in your area, simply Google your local volunteer site and apply to the organisations which you feel best suit your skills. You will need to go through the interview and security checks in place for the organisation, which can take a few weeks to process.
In The Courts
A plumbing and heating company has been fined after an employee suffered serious burns following an explosion at a domestic property. John Leadley Ltd had been replacing a gas boiler in the hallway of a bungalow. As part of this work, an employee was soldering new water pipes when there was a sudden explosion, which caused serious burn injuries. The homeowners were in the property at the time and were also put at risk of serious injury. An investigation by the HSE found that a flammable atmosphere had developed within the hallway of the property, which was subsequently ignited by a blow torch. A gas supply pipe has been cut prior to installation of the new boiler, but the open end of that pipe had not been sealed with an appropriate fitting. It was also identified that the gas supply had not been correctly isolated from the property.
The company pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches and were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,756.35. HSE’s Inspector said “The injuries sustained to this employee could so easily have been avoided, simply by John Leadley Limited carrying out the correct control measures and safe working practices.
If you need guidance and support on how to keep you and your clients safe, please contact us. or go to www.hse.gov.uk.
5th & 6th September 2020
A festival for dogs and dog lovers in the New Forest National Park.
30th October 2020
Prepare yourself and your little ones for a wickedly spook-tacular family evening. Advance Tickets Only.
4th April – 1st November 2020
Featuring up to 30 models of curious real-life creatures.
Low risk Ways to Move More:
Walking, running & hiking
Kayaking, boating & sailing
Skateboarding or skating
All activities must observe the most recent COVID-19 guidelines.