Covid 19 ISA-UK Signpost updates 

 

The following is a resumé of daily email postings to all Members of ISA-UK for up to Friday 29th May 2020 including other information that ISA-UK believes to be helpful to the Sign and Graphic industry during this period of uncertainty.

All information is published in good faith.

Full copies of the email are available upon request to ask@uksigns.org. Please advise the date(s) of the emails you would like copies of.

Kind regards

David Catanach
Director

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it is restarting ‘proactive’ inspections, as much of the country gets back to work after the lockdown was eased.

 

It is thought that with nearly 5000 complaints made to their report lines since the lockdown started, coupled with the extra £14m that the government has made available for the HSE covering extra call center employees, inspectors and equipment during the easing of the lockdown. 

We are expecting to see a lot of inspectors looking at prioritising a company’s Covid 19 return to work assessments and controls.

The safety regulator stopped carrying out spot checks after the lockdown announcement in March since when more than 4,500 complaints were made to the watchdog between 9 March and 3 May 2020.

An HSE spokesperson has said: ‘Inspectors will continue to visit workplaces following up any reports or concerns about safety in the workplace including COVID issues and ensuring compliance. On the spot inspections are resuming imminently.’

HSE confirmed it has responded to workplace concerns and is inspecting some workplaces in response. The spokesperson added.

‘As businesses start getting back to work, we can see scope for making further proactive enquiries of employers. We’re pulling together plans as we speak.’

‘We’ve been given the encouraging news of access to additional funding to support our advice and regulatory activity as businesses implement the new guidance on working safely during corona virus. The funding will help support HSE’s capability to address an increased number of concerns and enquiries from workers, their families and employers alike.’

Needless to say, the Association’s advice to members is simply to make sure you have taken all precautions, completed your written risk assement and implemented the appropriate regime.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates published 19th May to 29th May 2020

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Page summary
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Updated information on symptoms. 

Time updated
2:00pm, 18 May 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

Page summary
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
12:15am, 19 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Page summary
Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Updated with information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices.

Time updated
5:34pm, 19 May 2020

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Page summary
Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus. 

Change made
Data updated as of 17 May 2020.

Time updated
6:18pm, 19 May 2020

£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups

Page summary
Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
7:00am, 20 May 2020

Latest figures show millions benefitting from Treasury coronavirus support schemes

Page summary
New figures on the UK-wide government support schemes for individuals and businesses have been published today, Tuesday 19 May 2020.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
10:26am, 19 May 2020

Statistics on coronavirus funding for business

Page summary
Data on the government loans and grants to support businesses and self employed people through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
3:50pm, 21 May 2020

Find examples to help you work out 80% of your employees’ wages

Page summary
Check examples to help you work out 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you’re claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Change made
Welsh translation added.

Time updated
12:41pm, 22 May 2020

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page summary
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Change made
Shops and branches – Updated to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non-essential retail categories ahead of planned opening.

Time updated
7:09pm, 25 May 2020