COVID- 19 Guidance for SAFed Members

The guidance notes on this page will be updated as information becomes available.

Last updated 25/6/2020

The HSE are updating their ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and guidance’ regularly, and it would be beneficially to check often for more information:https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm

 Some recent publications relevant to SAFed members and their clients are:

  • Restarting workplace pressure systems safely during the coronavirus outbreak

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/restarting-pressure-systems.htm

  • Manufacturing: returning to work safely during the coronavirus outbreak

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/manufacturing/index.htm

The SAFed website has been updated to remove all previous dialogue / superseded information, and include only guidance, links and information that is relevant to the situation moving into the phase to seek recovery and business as usual. Do frequently check to see if there has been an update.

SAFed Response to Member Queries following Publication of ISO/TC 44 Position Statement regarding COVID-19 and qualifications of joining personnel (9th June 2020)

Guidance Documents:

With HSE input and UKAS acceptance, SAFed have prepared a guidance note for duty holders which presents further structure for conducting a risk based approach. This aligns with the updated HSE guidance published on their website on the 4th of June 2020.

SAFed Guidance for Duty Holders to Conduct a Risk Based Approach for Continued Use of Equipment – Issue 1 (05.06.2020)

The main differences of the updated HSE guidance are that:

  • it considers several health and safety regulations that require statutory examination and testing not only PSSR and LOLER.
  • it is applicable to all plant and equipment not only those deemed essential / critical to the response during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Up-to-date HSE guidance can be found here

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/work-equipment-coronavirus.htm

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/assets/docs/loler-pssr-during-outbreak.pdf

Accommodation:

Build UK has teamed up with UK Hospitality to identify accommodation providers with space for essential workers.

I have confirmation that SAFed members can access the site with no registration required via this link

https://opendoors.construction/

I have also received the following notes and guidance on its use:

We are still receiving information on providers, and if your members have inspections they will need accommodation at for some time let me** know and Build UK can upload this for accommodation providers to reach out directly.

If they wish to book a room or find out about rates they should contact the accommodation provider directly via the details on the listings.

**If this occurs please contact me directly and I will forward the required information.

I hope this helps as I am aware some members have suffered from the issue of accommodation availability.

Further information:

The following notes remain for information and as needed, but will be updated / removed as soon as their applicability is no longer valid:

Many employers are now giving their staff a letter should they need to show it to anyone travelling to / from work, and it can be backed up with the information from the HSE / BEIS and HSA as contained in the following:

A Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) Member Brief on the Continued Operation of the Thorough Examination Sector in Response to COVID-19 and their Designation as Essential Service Providers Prepared with Current Government Guidance and Information Provided from the Health & Safety Authority (HSA)

Continued Operation of the Thorough Examination Sector in Response to Covid-19 and Designation as Key Workers

Caroline Hamilton CEng MIMechE

Chief Executive

Unit 4, First Floor, 70 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1RL
Telephone +44 (0)20 7582 3208 Email admin@safed.co.uk

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