Please see update below from the Scottish Government:

  1. The Protect Scotland App is now available to secondary school children, and now anyone aged 12 and over can download the app
  2. For the all audience population we have also gone live yesterday with a digital campaign to remind people to download the Protect Scotland App

The free Protect Scotland App from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is available to download on and via the App Store and Google Play.  The App has been here to help keep Scotland safe from coronavirus, and since this was launched in September we have had 1.7 million downloads.  The app has been another tool in helping stop the spread of coronavirus and complements existing contact tracing measures, helping us to determine contacts that we may have otherwise missed, and allows us to alert people at risk far more quickly so they can steps to reduce the risk of infecting others.

This app uses tried and tested technology developed by Apple and Google and is already working successfully in other countries across Europe. It works in the background using minimal data and will automatically alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive. And if you test positive, the app can quickly alert those you have had close contact with. The app uses Bluetooth technology, so it never knows your identity or location.

For more information on the Protect Scotland App, you can view the Explainer Video, which is also available in BSL, Arabic, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu.

Protect Scotland Campaign for 12 – 15 Year Old

  • The campaign is targeted at 12-15 year olds and their parents/guardians, and is live on TV, Digital, Social Media and PR and on Young Scot from the 14th December to the 10th of January.
  • The campaign directs young people to to download the app and find out how it works.
  • The FAQ has been updated for parents/guardians and those under 16: Frequently Asked Questions | Protect Scotland

 Protect Scotland Digital Campaign – All Audience

  • The digital campaign is to remind the general population to download and use the Protect Scotland App.

 App Glitch

  • As communicated by the First Minister on Wednesday there was a setting issue with the app earlier this week following the most recent release which resulted in some people being advised they were a close contact. This problem was identified and resolved.
  • The app is working as intended and is an important element in the contact tracing process, and people are only classified as a close contact if they have been within 2 metres of another app user for at least 15 minutes..

How to Help

We would really appreciate if you could share the appropriate assets with your audiences and via social media:


In Great Britain there are 25 fatal injuries each year on average, and hundreds of non-fatal injuries to workers as a result of being struck by moving vehicles in the workplace. Restricted operator visibility is often identified as a contributing factor in these accidents.

This report describes the development of a risk-based method to determine ‘visibility risk zones’ for earth-moving machinery such as dumper trucks and excavators. It considers operator visibility all around a machine from its boundary out to the far field of view. The method assists users to: define the areas around a machine that the operator needs to view; identify the areas the operator cannot see; and determine the areas where visibility aids such as mirrors and camera systems are required. The method takes into account the configuration of the machinery and how easy it is to manoeuvre during operation and travel. The method may be useful to assist in the following tasks: (1) Evaluation and verification of machines; (2) Installation of visibility aids and detection systems; (3) Assessment of risks to workers on a jobsite; (4) Organisation of a jobsite to ensure that risks are well controlled; (5) Incident investigation.

Two related reports describe the use of this visibility risk zone method to evaluate operator visibility for an hydraulic excavator (RR1157) and a large rigid frame dumper truck (RR1158).

The purpose of this document is to provide operators with a brief guide on how best to manage asbestos contaminated demolition wastes and to determine when it is necessary to consign that material as special waste to a site authorised to accept special waste.

In Scotland, the Special Waste Regulations 1996 (as amended) set out procedures to be adhered to  when disposing of, carrying, and receiving special waste. The regulations are the main piece of legislation covering special waste arising in Scotland.

This new campaign looks to remind people of the five key behaviours that FACTS stand for, and how this should be part of our everyday lives to keep us all safe.

The new FACTS campaign runs until the 20th December on TV, press, radio, outdoor and social channels.

Please see below the Stakeholder Toolkit, which includes details on all available assets including the new icons:





UWS Centre For Continuing Professional Development, are offering a couple of their MSc Waste & Resource Management modules as stand along CPD courses:

The Two modules are:

Funding may be available to delegates via the UWS Upskilling Fund. The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided, and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.

To receive this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.

If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application. Please also contact the CPD team,  to discuss other potential funding mechanisms if you are not eligible for the UWS Upskilling Fund.

For more information on the modules, contact Dr Iain McLellan.

RoSPA and insurer RSA Group team up on a new home safety project, promoting the importance of remaining active in later life.

Maintaining an active lifestyle and keeping good levels of strength and balance can reduce your chances of having a fall. Knowing about hazards in the home is also important, so you can make some quick, simple changes to address them.

Five virtual Safe and active in later life: falls prevention roadshows are taking place to give people in later life, their families and falls prevention practitioners the opportunity to find out more about building exercise into a daily routine. The sessions will run from Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4 and are open to people from across the UK. You can find out more about these sessions and book a place, by visiting the events page.