Coronavirus advice and support

 

Last updated 3 December 2020 09.20 GMT

We are an England based business, so all the information on this page relates to England

For other UK and Ireland countries and states, visit these links:

 

Wales  Scotland   Northern Ireland  Isle of Man 

Republic of Ireland    Jersey   

Guernsey, Alderney & Sark  

 

1 December 2020: New legislation for the tier system: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/pdfs/uksi_20201374_en.pdf 

30 November 2020: Government COVID-19 Secure guidance for businesses updated ahead of new Tier system: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

26 November 2020: New Tier rules come into play in England from 12.01am 2 December.

Post code search for what tier you are in: 

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-1-medium-alert

  • Areas in TIER 2 (High Alert) are 

Cumbria, Liverpool City Region, Warrington and Cheshire, York, North Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Essex, Thurrock, Southend-on-Sea, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, all 32 Boroughs of London, City of London, East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire, Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth, Southampton, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton,  Mendip and Sedgemoor, Bath and North East Somerset, Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon, Devon.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert

  • Areas in TIER 3 (Very High Alert) are 

Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwin, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar, Cleveland, Darlington, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, County Durham, Northumberland, The Humber, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Birmingham and Black Country, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull, Derby and Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Slough, Kent and Medway, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

Latest Information:       

For the latest information, always check gov.uk/coronavirus

25 November 2020: Current UK situation by area, plus details of Christmas arrangements https://www.kshsafety.com/single-post/december-tiers-and-christmas-bubbles 

24 November 2020: Christmas arrangements announced https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-wide-christmas-arrangements-agreed-by-the-uk-government-and-the-devolved-administrations

 

23 November 2020:  The Government has published a COVID-19 Winter Plan on their website at 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan 

What to do if you have COVID-19 Symptoms
Make your business COVID19 secure
Make your business COVID-19 Secure
 
 

Official up-to-date advice and information from verified sources:

Latest information  NHS / UK Govt / WHO   Trusted Media   Industry Groups / Bodies   Mental Health Support  

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NHS / Official Government / WHO / PHE

Main HM Government Coronavirus website

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Book a COVID-19 test here

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name

HM Government COVID-19 Winter Plan

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan

Liverpool Pilot on COVID-19 testing for all citizens from 6 November 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/liverpool-to-be-regularly-tested-for-coronavirus-in-first-whole-city-testing-pilot 

England Tier 1 (Medium Alert Level) guidance resumes 2 December, to be reviewed 16 December

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-1-medium-alert

(Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly)

 

England Tier 2 (High Alert Level) guidance resumes 2 December, to be reviewed 16 December

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert

(Cumbria, Liverpool City Region, Warrington and Cheshire, York, North Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Essex, Thurrock, Southend-on-Sea, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, all 32 Boroughs of London, City of London, East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire, Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth, Southampton, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton,  Mendip and Sedgemoor, Bath and North East Somerset, Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon, Devon.)

 

England Tier 3 (Very High Level) generic guidance resumes 2 December, to be reviewed 16 December

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

(Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwin, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, County Durham, Northumberland, The Humber, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Birmingham and Black Country, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull, Derby and Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Slough, Kent and Medway, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset)

Create an NHS Test and Trace QR Code here 

https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster​ 

Winter Economy Plan announced by Chancellor

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-outlines-winter-economy-plan

 

NHS Test and Trace - how it works

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

 

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

 

Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)  

...Those who work in close contact services such as hair salons: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

...Performing Arts: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

...Providers of grass root sport and gym and leisure facilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities

...Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

...The Visitor Economy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

...Hotels and guest accommodation: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation

...Construction and Outdoor Workers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work

...Factories, plants and warehouses: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/factories-plants-and-warehouses

...Working in People’s Homes: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes

...Laboratories and research facilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/labs-and-research-facilities

...Offices and Contact Centres: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres

...Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

...Shops and branches: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches

...Workers in vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles

...Heritage locations: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/heritage-locations

...Guidance in other sectors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Travel corridors from England... countries exempt from quarantine rules:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

 

gov.uk Online step by step basic COVID-19 risk assessment tool kit:  

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening  


Health and Safety Executive guide to writing a COVID-19 risk assessment:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/assets/docs/risk-assessment.pdf

Staying safe outside your home:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home

Government advice for pet owners in England released after cat tests positive for COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

NHS Coronavirus latest advice:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS information for health professionals:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

 

Government advice on how you can help others safely

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely

Coronavirus Act 2020 current status

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-act-2020-status/coronavirus-act-2020-status-table
 

Latest HM Government advice on Coronavirus COVID-19 in general, for travellers and for businesses:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Health and Safety Executive guidance on ensuring social distancing in the workplace:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/social-distancing/index.htm

Business support available to businesses

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

Latest Government information for business who must close, and who can remain open

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Government stay at home advice for those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 Coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


Information Commissioners Office Guide to Contact Tracing

https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protection-and-coronavirus-information-hub/contact-tracing-protecting-customer-and-visitor-details/ 

Information on the NHS 111 helpline and when to use it / when not to use it:

https://111.nhs.uk

 

Get an Isolation Note for your employer

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ 

Public Health England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england


HMRC Coronavirus helpline for the self-employed and small businesses 

The Coronavirus helpline : 0300 456 3565

 

Government advice on travelling safely during the Coronavirus pandemic: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

 

The emergency legislation covering the enforcement of restrictions relating to COVID-19:

... The Coronavirus Act 2020

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted/data.htm

...The full list of Coronavirus legislation for the UK 

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/coronavirus 

 

How to safely help friends and family who are in isolation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2

Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on travel:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

 

Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the rented housing sector

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

 

World Health Organization COVID-19 latest:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Health and Safety Executive Coronavirus website

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

 

Government advice on support for mental health during the outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-support-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Government crackdown on fake news relating to Coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-cracks-down-on-spread-of-false-coronavirus-information-online

Note: KSH Safety Services will only link to Government or verified advice on Coronavirus. We will never advise differently.

Letter from the Prime Minister 29 March 2020

https://www.government-online.net/prime-ministers-letter-to-the-nation-on-the-coronavirus/

Guidance for consumers on buying food during the COVID-19 crisis

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-consumers-on-coronavirus-covid-19-and-food


HSE Guidance for manufacturers and suppliers of hand sanitiser and disinfectant 

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/hand-sanitiser/index.htm

Public Health England Guidance for first responders including First Aiders

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders/interim-guidance-for-first-responders-and-others-in-close-contact-with-symptomatic-people-with-potential-2019-ncov

WHO Guidance on face masks and coverings

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons from COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work guidance on teleworking and maintaining good health

https://osha.europa.eu/en/highlights/check-out-our-practical-tips-home-based-telework-and-protect-your-health 

NAPO Stop the Pandemic videos (EU_OSHA)

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BBC and other trusted media

Due to the poor quality of some journalism in the UK, in particular the National printed press who seem to be sensationalising an international tragedy to get a story, no links to those publications will appear here. The links below are from verified sources.

BBC Coronavirus website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cyz0z8w0ydwt/coronavirus-pandemic

Coronavirus statistics

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

 

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Industry groups and bodies

Citizens Advice Bureau advice for people worried or anxious about returning to work

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-if-youre-worried-about-working/

 

International Labour Organisation: In the face of the pandemic - ensuring safety and health at work

https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---safework/documents/publication/wcms_742463.pdf

International Labour Organisation: Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19 at Work - Action Checklist

https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/resources-library/publications/WCMS_741813/lang--en/index.htm

Resuscitation Council UK Statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings

https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-community/ 

Construction Leadership Council COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures and other useful information for the construction sector 

https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/List-of-Covid-News-v1.3-1.pdf

Ladder Association guidance on using ladders during the COVID-19 pandemic

https://ladderassociation.org.uk/keeping-ladder-users-safe-during-covid-19-outbreak/

 

British Safety Council resources for employers and employees:

https://www.britsafe.org/about-us/coronavirus-resource-database/

 

St Helens Chamber Coronavirus advice for businesses

https://www.sthelenschamber.com/business/coronavirus

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Coronavirus Guidance for businesses

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/communicable-diseases/coronavirus/ 

 

IOSH Coronavirus webinars

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/communicable-diseases/coronavirus/webinars/

 

IOSH Home office, mobile office - Managing Remote Working

https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/resources/home-office-mobile-office-managing-remote-working

CIEH guidance for takeaways and food delivery

https://www.cieh.org/media/4070/covid-19-food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance.pdf?version=2

 

CIPD Coronavirus Resource Materials

https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/coronavirus/support-materials

Greater Manchester Hazards Centre guide to working safely at home

https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Working-with-a-computer-at-home-.pdf

 

Scaffolding Association advice for scaffolders on COVID-19

https://scaffolding-association.org/covid-19-advice/

 

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Mental health support

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/

NHS North West Boroughs Healthcare Foundation Trust 24/7 mental health crisis line for people of all ages in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington:

Call 01925 275 309 anytime.

Mental health advice for the self-employed (FSB / Mental Health at Work)

https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/toolkit/small-businesses-and-the-self-employed-taking-care-during-the-pandemic/

 

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Things you can help with

 

How to stay active while at home (Sport England):

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

3D Printer design templates for masks, face shields etc. If you have a HP 3D printer, please help the NHS with this urgently.

https://enable.hp.com/us-en-3dprint-COVID-19-containment-applications

 

Help slow the spread of COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well. Download the app
https://covid.joinzoe.com/

 
 
 

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KSH Safety Services Statement:

Updated 11 September 2020, 10:20 BST

novel COVID-19 Coronavirus and KSH Safety Services

At KSH Safety Services, I am committed to providing my partners and customers with the best health and safety consultancy and training support possible.

 

Given the ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19, I want to reassure you that throughout this current crisis, I will do my utmost to continue to provide the services I give to my clients in the safest way possible.

 

During client visits, time on site may be reduced to essential working only, especially if space is at a premium, and I would want to see what precautions the client has in place upon arrival. I will wear appropriate face coverings, and visors if required by the client, site manager, or the law, and will carry and use hand sanitiser, tissues and disinfectant wipes. I will limit contact with furniture and fixtures as much as possible, and will keep a suitable distance from all personnel. I will also provide my own pen and paper, and my own drinks and food. I reserve the right to withdraw from the premises if I feel it is unsafe for me to remain on site.

 

For reassurance, I generally work alone, and nobody in my household has displayed any symptoms or had any illness. Should this change, I will withdraw from visiting businesses and self-isolate as per Government guidelines. Should there be any local lockdown, either where I live or where the client is located, I will revert to working remotely if the rules require it.

Demand for my services continues to be very high. I will help you as soon as I possibly can do, and apologise if there is any delay.

In this fast moving situation, any changes to service will be posted at https://www.kshsafety.com/coronavirus. I also have a large amount of useful up to date links and guidance on that page.

Please stay safe, be sensible, ensure you wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where legally required (covering your nose and mouth) maintain a social distance from others, follow official advice, help each other, we will continue to get through this together. 

Thank you.

K Heywood,

Owner and Founder,

KSH Safety Services

 
 

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