This guidance builds on the necessity to identify and act in poorly ventilated areas. It includes factors to consider as part of an assessment to provide sufficient ventilation for reducing the risk from aerosol transmission.

Areas covered in the expanded guidance include air cleaning and filtration units, and ventilation in vehicles.

  • Natural ventilation which relies on passive air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened
  • Mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside, or
  • A combination of natural and mechanical ventilation, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air

Read the updated guidance and find out how you can provide adequate ventilation in your workplace, helping to protect workers and other people from transmission of coronavirus

The Scottish Government have created Sector Advice Cards to help managers find relevant advice and understand what to do in the event of an outbreak in the workplace and to help employers communicate COVID-19 related health and safety advice to their employees. The compliance team have reported that many of the outbreaks they have seen have been due to staff ‘letting their guard down’ rather than not having the correct procedures in place. These advice cards are a useful way to communicate important messages and provide reminders where staff may be prone to dropping their guard.

The Scottish Government has now published the specific Waste Sector Advice Card and it is available to view and download here:  Sector Advice Card – Waste Sector (

For more information on the two new Advice Cards on the Scottish Government website please follow the links below:


The next phase of the National Roll Up Your Sleeves Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign, is this time aimed at 18-49 year olds.

This stage of the campaign will look to encourage as many people as possible aged 18-49 to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are invited. This will run on TV, radio, digital and out of home channels from today until the end of June.

This phase aims to reach those aged 18 to 49 who will be invited forward for the COVID-19 vaccine as the next phase of the programme gets underway. We know that you can get seriously ill with coronavirus at any age, and while having the vaccine doesn’t eliminate the risk of coronavirus, if you and your loved ones are vaccinated it does reduce the impact of the virus. Timings will differ by Health Board area and in line with vaccine supply, however we aim for all adults in Scotland to have a first dose of one of the vaccines by the end of July and we are asking the public when invited forward to take up the vaccine.

Stakeholder Toolkit

Campaign Assets                                                                                                                                                                                       

You can find campaign assets on the download links below:




HSE’s Noise exposure calculator helps you to estimate and record workers’ exposures to noise and compare them with the exposure action and limit values in the regulations as part of a noise risk assessment.

It combines the previous daily exposure calculator and weekly exposure calculator in one calculator with separate tabs to help simplify the process. More importantly, advice on actions that should be taken when certain action values are exceeded is also provided.

The calculator contains a new exposure limit value calculator to take into account the attenuation provided by the hearing protection worn when compared with the exposure limit value. Advice is also given in terms of the suitability of hearing protector provided in relation to attenuation.

The revised calculator can be accessed at the HSE website

With many sectors of the economy preparing to reopen following COVID-19 lockdown, businesses are reminded to remain cautious and make sure their COVID-secure measures, including other health and safety measures, are in place to ensure the ongoing protection of  workers, visitors and others.

COVID-secure involves being adaptable to the current guidance and having procedures in place to manage the risk of COVID-19.

Key points for businesses to consider:

  • Remember your COVID risk assessment
  • Renewed vigour on COVID-secure measures
  • With infection rates dropping businesses should not become complacent .

Further information on COVID-secure is available