We have been advising in relation to health and safety law duties arising from the Covid-19 coronavirus.
- When are we allowed back to the office?
- Will lateral flow tests help?
- When is ‘no vaccine, no job’ lawful?
- Advising on safe working from home
- Planning and risk assessments for return to the workplace
- Drafting staff questionnaires to prioritise those for return
- Workplace layout, social distancing and mitigation measures
- Developing rules for excluding staff from the workplace in circumstances of staff or their household members having symptoms, a positive test or receiving a request to self-isolate
Some recent articles and webinars are set out below:
Below is a link taking you to an April 2021 webinar for Safety & Health Practitioner Online and Barbour EHS, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal provided an in depth review of these Covid-19 issues:
- when are we allowed back to the office?
- will lateral flow tests help?
- is ‘no vaccine, no job’ lawful?
- how far do we have to go on social distancing?
Below is a link to an article published in Facilities Management Journal on 4 January 2021, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal looks closely at the details of the Health & Safety Executive’s enforcement action against the Department for Work & Pensions to help answer the question: How far do we need to go to comply with the criminal law on social distancing for offices?
The link above is to a webinar delivered by Simon Joyston-Bechal for Workplace Trends on 15 October 2020, discussing duties to protect staff and visitors from Covid-19 in the workplace, including:
- Health & safety criminal law obligations for Covid-19
- Working from home – how far do employer duties extend?
- What needs to be considered in your return to work plans?
- Social distancing – how far do you have to go?
The link above is to a webinar delivered by Simon Joyston-Bechal for the Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA) on 29 May 2020, advising on health and safety law conundrums for independent schools during the pandemic and what the law requires in getting pupils back to school.
Below is a link to a written Q&A following on from an October 2020 law update webinar for SHP Online, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal answered Covid-19 questions on: returning to the workplace; rules for self-isolating employees; risk assessments for working from home; and flaws in relying upon a negative test as an indicator that someone won’t be infectious.
The link below takes you to a webinar published on 18 May 2020 as part of Safety and Health Expo Digital Week, in which Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal discusses:
- Reporting under RIDDOR
- Managing difficult decisions relating to COVID-19
- Could we be prosecuted for COVID-19 exposures?
- Can we keep operating if we are struggling with social distancing?
- Working from home – how far do our duties extend?
- Statutory inspections – what if we are running behind?
- Returning to work
The link below is to an article published in Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP online) on 5 May 2020, in which Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal advises on legal requirements in planning the return to work: once COVID-19 lockdown relaxes.
The link below take you to a webinar for Posturite on 1 May 2020, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal discusses with Katherine Metters the health and safety legal requirements on returning to work in the office after the lockdown.
This link is to a 14 May 2020 webinar by Simon Joyston-Bechal for Posturite, which was an update on the 1 May 2020 webinar with more time to answer the numerous questions.
Below is a link to a Q&A following on from an April 2020 law update webinar for Barbour/Informa, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal answered questions on responding to Covid-19 and working from home.
This link is to a webinar for Posturite on 19 March 2020, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal discusses with Katherine Metters the health and safety legal issues concerning working from home during the lockdown.
The link below is to an article published in SHP online on 11 March 2020, in which Simon Joyston-Bechal provides a methodology for dealing with difficult Covid-19 related conundrums.
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