New COVID-19 Field Hospitals Constructed

Last week our Managing Director Paul Hughes had the privilege of visiting two of the three Field hospitals being set up in North Wales to provide 850 beds for COVID-19 patients. There are field hospitals being constructed all over the UK.

Paul visited the Sites at Bangor University, converting a sports science facility into specialist wards of c.250 ICU beds and Deeside Leisure Centre, converting an ice rink, skate park facility into specialist wards of c.250 ICU beds. With the 3rd facility at Venue Cymru in Llandudno providing 350. The hospitals have been renamed after the rainbow symbol of hope which has become synonymous with the region’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Paul was there on behalf of one of our clients to provide safety critical asbestos awareness training to operatives entering high risk asbestos areas, risk assessment and specialist inspection support.

The conversion of these venues into fully operational ICU facilities is being done over a period of approximately 14-21 days which is just mind blowing. All of the specialist contractors involved are working round the clock to ensure they meet the challenging deadlines.

These facilities will create the additional capacity needed alongside freeing up capacity in the regions acute hospitals and help patients who have received treatment to recover in order to return home.

In this time of uncertainty and personal challenge we need to look at achievements like this and recognise the hard work, commitment, and courage of all those involved – we shall forever be in their debt.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Health and Safety in an operational environment

How do businesses continue to operate safely?

Covid-19 has hit many businesses hard with many having to furlough staff in an attempt to ensure business survival and staff retention so that they can recover quickly when restrictions are lifted.

There is however a very real challenge for businesses that continue to operate – how do they do this safely to prevent the spread of the virus?  We have been working with a number of business that provide critical services and others that are still operational, as they have not been required to close, indeed the Government has stated that ‘it is important for business to carry on.’ 

The  government has set out steps employers and businesses should follow to protect their workforce and customers, whilst continuing to trade, including sector specific guidance on their website www.gov.uk

Some of the basic principles employers can implement include, but is not limited to:-   

  • make every possible effort to enable working from home.
  • implementing social distancing principles in the workplace 
  • consider shift working or staggering on-premises hours
  • limit the provision of food on-site encourage staff to bring their own food
  • support vulnerable/ extremely vulnerable staff as they follow recommendations on social distancing and shielding
  • staff who are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 should not travel to work
  • send home staff members who develop symptoms of COVID-19
  • remind employees to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Many businesses will already be implementing these guidelines however it is important that they become embedded as best practice and staff behaviours become second nature.  And whilst adherence to the guidance will go some way to protecting staff and customers many businesses due to the scale and complexity of their operation may require further bespoke instruction such as

  • protocol for dealing with suspected cases of COVID-19 in the workplace
  • cleaning and waste disposal
  • food preparation and safety
  • contingency planning in the event of reduce workforce
  • developing a response in the event your supply chain is affected
  • building a contingency team to manage day to day operations in response to the day to day impact of COVID-19

We will continue to provide regular updates on our experiences working with and supporting businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak and what businesses will need to consider as we start to return to some semblance of normality.     

If you would like any further information, guidance or support during this difficult and unprecedented time please contact us. 

Information source: www.gov.uk

SHEQ selected as a partner for Gamlins Law’s Go For Growth

SHEQ Health & Safety Consultants are delighted to have been chosen as a preferred partner on a new initiative to help SMEs achieve their growth goals.

We have been selected to be part of Gamlins Law’s Go For Growth service.

Gamlins Law is partnering with a small number of industry specialists to provide existing and new clients with services including HR and Employee Engagement, Business Planning, Business Finance, PR and Marketing, Wealth Management, Insurance and IT and Telecoms.

SHEQ will be providing business owners with the complete range of health and safety solutions.

Ron Davison, Managing Director of Gamlins Law, said: “North Wales is home to an ever-increasing number of exciting businesses – some of which are already well-established, others still in their infancy.

“We know from our own experience that it takes the harnessing of many different skills for a business to achieve its full potential.

“Go For Growth brings together a range of industry specialists, each with their own expertise and knowledge, to help our clients scale their businesses.

“We are delighted that SHEQ Health and Safety Consultants has agreed to be a partner on this unique initiative and we look forward to working with them to promote Go For Growth to business owners across our region.”

The new Go For Growth services will complement Gamlins Law’s wide range of business legal services which include employment law, commercial contracts, commercial property, litigation, corporate transactions and regulatory law.

For more information about Go For Growth, visit www.growwithgamlins.co.uk

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