Scottish Government publish COVID-19 Vaccine NHS Scotland Explainer Video, with additional languages and formats now available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Videos

Below are links to the full suite of videos, including shorter versions and topic-specific cut-downs.

NHS Scotland Explainer Video – Translations to date:


This week the Scottish Government launched the COVID-19 Summer Safety Measures Campaign, which went live on Monday, 21st June. This campaign is focused on reminding people of the importance of good safety behaviours such as ventilation and outdoor socialising. Continuing to follow these behaviours until we are all vaccinated will help us avoid future outbreaks and minimise the risks from new strains.

The five key safety measures highlighted as part of the campaign include: ventilation, meeting outdoors where possible, importance of cleaning hands, avoiding crowds and wearing face coverings in crowded places. The Summer Safety Measures Campaign will run for 4 weeks until the 18th July, and will be live on TV, Radio, Digital, Social and Out of Home (OOH) channels.


Stress., depression and anxiety are the second biggest cause of work-related ill health in the construction industry. Recognising the signs of stress will help employers to take the necessary steps to prevent, reduce and manage stress in the workplace.

If you already have a risk assessment in place, consider whether you need to re-assess the situation due to changes and challenges brought about by covid-19. Social distancing, working from home (where possible) and all the other safeguards that have been put in place may have changed or created new stress.

Starting the conversation is an important first step in preventing issues. The HSE Construction Stress Talking Toolkit is aimed at small businesses with a regular workforce (employed and contracted) who want to start looking at this issue. It will also help site managers wanting to identify project-specific issues.

Download the toolkit for practical step-by-step guidance on how to begin and structure those difficult conversations.

Some work can cause life-threatening lung diseases. Find out how to protect your workers when they do these tasks:

Industry guidance A-Z

Regularly lifting, carrying or handling materials and items can cause serious injuries. Do not accept these injuries as an inevitable part of your work. This page tells you how to control these risks and why. More detailed information is available on the main HSE manual handling page.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 says you must prevent or reduce risks from lifting, carrying and handling loads.

The Manual Handling Assessment Chart (MAC) tool has been developed to help you identify higher risk tasks.

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 and it causes around 5,000 deaths every year.

HSE publish revised version of an asbestos publication.

The new edition of ‘Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide’ (HSG248) provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to sampling and 4-stage clearances. New information on sampling soils for asbestos is also included.

For a full range of COVID-19 related information and advice see the  “COVID-19  Restrictions – What you can and Cannot Do” which includes information on the following:


When employing a young person under the age of 18, employers have the same responsibilities for their health, safety and welfare as they do for other employees.

Young people are more likely to be new to the workplace and could be facing unfamiliar risks. Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace as they are during the whole of the rest of their working life.

See HSE Guidance to assist young people and those employing them understand their responsibilities.