Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice.

HSE issues exemption for the manufacture and supply of biocidal hand sanitiser products in the UK

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken steps to support hand sanitiser manufacturers as UK production is increasing to tackle Coronavirus.

Due to unprecedented demand for biocidal hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus outbreak, HSE is providing derogations that will assist the UK manufacture and supply of biocidal hand-sanitiser products that use propanol as their active ingredients.

During the temporary exemption, biocidal hand sanitiser products containing Propan-2-ol will not be required to obtain a product authorisation if they meet the relevant WHO-specified formulation II.


HSG53 Respiratory Protective Equipment at Work: A Practical Guide (fourth edition) £18.00

This fourth edition provides essential guidance on why respiratory protective equipment (RPE) should be used, what the law says and how to select RPE that is adequate and suitable. It also includes a useful dos and don’ts list for the management and supervision of RPE use.


HSG262 Managing Skin Exposure Risks at Work £15.00

Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body. If you are an employer, health and safety adviser, trainer or safety representative, this book provides guidance to help you prevent these disabling diseases.

It covers the protective role of the skin, ill health arising from skin exposure, recognising potential skin exposure in your workplace, and managing skin exposure to prevent disease.

HSG258 Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work £20.00

This guidance is for employers who use, or intend to use Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) for example, for dust extraction, powder extraction or welding fume extraction. It will also help suppliers of new LEV equipment. It describes the principles of deciding on, designing, commissioning and testing effective LEV.

The Protective Mask Poster Pack £20.00

20% off the price of the separate titles, this new pack delivers great value on these popular posters. Posters are an excellent way to communicate to workers easily, effectively and pictorially.

  • Using Filtering Facepieces (A2 Poster)
  • Is Your Mask Protecting You? INDG460 (A2 Poster)

Many people are exposed to a variety of substances at work (e.g. chemicals, fumes, dusts, fibres) which can, under some circumstances, have a harmful effect on their health. These are called ‘hazardous substances’.

Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Respiratory protective equipment

Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer.

Minimise the risk of transmission

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 or are isolating with should not attend a face fit test.


Extension for diver’s certificate of medical fitness: coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have a 12 months certificate of medical fitness to dive that expires on or after 16 March 2020, and you cannot get a medical re-examination with an approved medical examiner of divers (AMED) because of coronavirus, your certificate may be accepted until 1 June 2020.

To qualify for the extension, you must be able to explain why you haven’t been able to take a medical examination and demonstrate what steps you’ve taken to try to get one. You’ll need to confirm that you’ve not been diagnosed with or suffered any illness or injury that could impact on your medical fitness to dive.

Any diver who does not hold a current certificate of medical fitness to dive issued by an AMED on or before 16 March 2020 must undertake a full examination.

First aid certificates 

Anyone with Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates who cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus should see a separate guidance on renewing first aid qualifications during coronavirus.

Lone working: Protect those working alone.


As an employer, you must manage any health and safety risks before people can work alone. This applies to anyone contracted to work for you, including self-employed people.

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, for example:

  • as delivery drivers, health workers or engineers
  • as security staff or cleaners
  • in warehouses or petrol stations
  • at home

There will always be greater risks for lone workers without direct supervision or anyone to help them if things go wrong.


Annual Awards Dinner

The Annual Awards Dinner due on  the 25 April 2020 has had to be cancelled in these exceptional times.

We were looking at postponing it to later in the year but could not fix a date due to not knowing when the restrictions would be lifted.

The Committee would like to thank all organisations who entered this years awards and we will arrange to present the winners with their trophies in due course.

1/2 Day Seminar Risk Assessment

Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus outbreak it is regretful that we have decided to postpone the forthcoming seminar on Risk Assessments. It is hoped to re-schedule the seminar later in the year or put it into next year’s programme. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


HDM Flashback March Edition

The March Edition of this popular publication includes photographs of our 85 Years. The Group had it’s inaugural meeting on 4 December 1934 and was formed shortly after. It was the original idea of the Local Council and R G Tarran, a local builder. The Group was originally called the Hull and District Industrial Safety Council.

Group Meeting Wednesday 4 March 2020

Jeff Swales of rrada gave an insight of what can be expected when an enforcement officer attends your site, whether it is the HSE or the Local Environmental Officer. The meeting was well attended and we had to use a different room than usual due to an apprenticeship day being held in our normal room. This was a one off and we will be in our normal area next time.


85th Anniversary Awards Evening

Use the link below to find out all the details of the great evening.


Local Engineering company require HSQE Advisor:

– based in Hull, project focussed including international travel.
– Support Site and HSQE Management system activities as we maintain & develop Quality, Environmental and H&S accreditations.
– Fast paced and exciting environment covering engineering, construction and corporate aspects activities with development opportunities.

Candidate profile: (in brief)
– 3 years advisory role experience
– NEBOSH Construction Certificate
– Environmental Certificate
– Construction / Engineering background essential
– Quality Management System (ISO 9001) experience
– CDM Experience
– Auditing Qualification

if you would like to discuss this vacancy, please contact

Dale Robinson


On M: +44 7791 849 354 | T: +44 (0) 1482 785 600 (Ext: 218)

Daifuku Airport Technologies is a trading name of Daifuku Logan Ltd.


85th Anniversary Update

Please use the link below to access the article published in the Hull Daily Mail Flashback Section on Monday 20 January 2020

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Photo/Image/Text reproduced by kind permission of Hull Daily Mail & Stuart Russel


PROGRAMME for 2020

Meetings will take place at the ARCO NDC, Henry Boot Way, Hull, HU4 7DY, unless otherwise stated.



Title Topic
8 January Group Meeting Mental Health & Occupational Well Being
4 March Group Meeting When the HSE Inspector calls
8 April Seminar (13.00 start) Risk Assessments and more
6 May AGM / Group Meeting AGM / Inductions
1 July Group Meeting

Please note change of venue

Tour and talk about the offshore industry – Bostonair Group, Norwood House, Norwood, Beverley, HU17 9ET
2 September Group Meeting Permit to work and lock-out systems
8 October Seminar (Full Day)

(9.30 start)

Health Risks at Work [Mental Health]
4 November Group Meeting Update on the CDM Regulations
9 January Group Meeting Gas Cylinder Safety

Report from Barry Clinch of The Awards Committee

Safety Performance Award Winner

Daifuku Logan

Commended for their zero accident strategy;

Focus on identifying near misses and observation of potential accident situations; setting clear standards; and strong top down safety leadership.

Environment Award Winner

St Stephen’s Shopping Centre

Commended for almost zero carbon emissions; massive reduction in energy consumption and water reduction; on site recycling; green roof; and bug hotel.

Arco Award Winner

Bericap UK Ltd

Commended for their machine layout best practice; MEWP’s high level access procedures; risk assessments and hazard identification programmes.

President’s Award

The Sewell Group

For its unstinting support of the HOHSG through all the Group’s trials and tribulations in recent years. Truly a Good Samaritan.

Individual Award

Colin (and Linda) Smith

For keeping the group running smoothly over many years. Without them the group would have long ago floundered.



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