The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop, announces the initial Scottish Government workplace sectoral guidance for easing the lockdown.

HSE colleagues have been assisting the working groups in developing this guidance, which sits alongside the recent UK Government guidance issued by BEIS. The two guides published today are for manufacturing and retail.

The joint statement on safer workplaces agreed between the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, HSE and the Scottish local authorities was also published. The link to the guidance and the statement is below.

Women of Waste (WOW) – Tribute to Waste Workers!

ISWA announce WOW! as an official ISWA Task Force. The WOW! Task Force will comprise of an Expert Advisory Board and Coordination team for the next 12 months, with the purpose to support women’s contribution to the solid waste management sector and increase their visibility.

The Scottish Government and COSLA jointly issue guidance and advice  to Local Authorities on the considerations involved in reopening and operating Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the context of COVID-19.

As we all grapple with getting sites back working there is a lot of focus on COVID-19 and managing the risk it poses. But please remember waste management facilities are potentially dangerous places and a whole host of risks exist. Risk assessments should clearly be updated to reflect risk from COVID-19, but risk assessments should also include reviewing changes to how the sites will operate during COVID-19.

If you need help with getting this across to staff there is some excellent guidance on the HSE web site

ZWS provide dedicated waste hub  for Scotland’s recyclers and waste management operations during COVID-19 with support and advice from the Scottish and UK Governments, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Health Protection Scotland. The resources provide information and signpost to the most up-to-date guidance on a range of topics, including support for businesses, environmental regulations, temporary regulatory positions and health and safety.

The campaign reinforces the legal responsibility to recycle and manage waste properly. There is also a warning to those who are seeking to use the opportunity of disruption to services to their criminal advantage, and a plea to businesses to help SEPA to tackle unscrupulous companies and individuals by reporting suspicious behaviour and making sure they only deal with legitimate waste companies.

If your building has been closed or had reduced occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of legionnaires’ disease.

See HSE guidance on managing legionella risks during the outbreak and how to protect people when the water system is reinstated or returned to use.

HSE guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak includes practical measures you can take that will help you manage the risk.

There are two downloadable guides designed to help you keep people safe while running your business


HSE investigate numerous serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles.

The two main causes are collapse of inadequately supported vehicles and unintended rupture or release of components from the air suspension system.

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