Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary thanks the waste sector for working so hard to keep essential services running in communities across Scotland.

A message from Sarah Albon on her first year commemorating International Workers’ Memorial Day as HSE’s Chief Executive.

Join HSE and people nationwide observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Today, 28th April 2020 to remember the people behind the numbers and all those who’ve been made ill, injured or died from doing their job.


In recent weeks, we’ve had to adapt to the current situation and are increasingly dependent on using technology to keep in touch with friends and colleagues who are working from home.

In this session, Craig Steele from Digital Skills Education Ltd will share tips on how to keep your video conferencing cyber safe, and include sensible steps you can take when using conferencing technology facilities (Zoom, Skype, Hangouts and Teams) to protect your privacy. No previous technical knowledge is required.

You can participate in the session without having to go on camera and/or microphone – simply watch what is happening, or type in the chat box if you have any questions.

If you would like to attend one of the 45 minute sessions on offer on Thursday 14 May at either 11am, 2.30pm or 7pm, please let me know by Tuesday 12 May.

Once I have a note of your attendance, I will forward a link in advance of the 14th.

Please forward this invite to your reps, members and workers, and networks.

Kind regards,




By Author Stuart Haywood-Higham, Technical Development Director at SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.


  1. General Scottish Government Coronavirus Advice – Scotland
  2. Scottish Government/Scottish Enterprise Advice for Business – Scotland
  3. Other Scottish Government Advice (Key Workers & Social Distancing in non-health Public Services)
  4. UK Government Driver or Vehicle Related Information
  5. SEPA Guidance
  6. Health Protection Scotland Guidance
  7. Waste Sector Specific – Scotland
  8. Other Guidance for Employers & Employees
  9. Third Sector Support – Scotland
  10. Health Information & Advice
  11. Wider UK and EU Information/Advice



On the day of its 75-year anniversary, IOSH has set out its policy position on supporting the OSH profession during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our forum member, Public Health Scotland, have provided the following advice and guidance in relation to the COVID-19 situation, specifically regarding Healthy Working Lives (HWL) support.

Healthy Working Lives now have a web page devoted to Covid19 issues, the intention is not to reproduce information but to capture and redirect to key Government and other recognised sites.  The topics covered are  based on the enquiries coming through the HWL advice line and include Furloughing staff, mental health advice during lockdown and PPE.

Healthy Working Lives Website (HWL)

Another emerging piece of work will look at how to deal with a gradual return to work and in particular social distancing at work. First guidance will be based on the standard information provided at the time, and HWL will then look to offer support to individual sectors on how they do it in practice given their particular work circumstances.

Driver Medicals  

The Department for Transport has announced that for those looking to renew a lorry or bus licence at age 45 or over that has expired or is due to expire on or after 1 January 2020, then the requirement for a medical examination report (D4) signed by a doctor will not be required when applying to renew a lorry or bus licence until further notice.

Applications for renewing lorry and bus driving licences during COVID-19

Drivers Hours

Following a review of the current relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules; which is due to end on 21 April 2020, a decision has been made, based on the current evidence, to continue with the relaxations (apart from the relaxation on the EU break requirements) until 23:59 on Sunday 31 May 2020. Please see the link below to the updated notification on for further details: