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Paul Rogers on HSE Guidance, Enforcement and Social Distancing at Work


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Paul Rogers considers what the HSE has said about enforcement, and what guidance there is to assist employers to make decisions about protective measures, and raises some questions about the difficulty of proving a material risk of transmission in relation to the so-called ‘two metre rule’.

Paul Rogers of our Health & Safety Team has recently had an article published in LexisPSL exploring HSE guidance, enforcement and social distancing at work.

The Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said it will look closely at concerns about social distancing and coronavirus (COVID-19) to secure compliance with the law, and has made clear that duty holders have a responsibility to protect workers and others against the risk of coronavirus infection in the workplace. In the third of his articles concerning coronavirus and the application of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974, Paul considers what the HSE has said about enforcement, and what guidance there is to assist employers to make decisions about protective measures, and raises some questions about the difficulty of proving a material risk of transmission in relation to the so-called ‘two metre rule’.

LexisNexis Article

Paul discusses HSE’s approach to enforcement during the coronavirus and in the future, how decisions will be made about enforcement. Paul also explores the issues about proof with social distancing.

Read the full article here.

Alternatively, you can download a pdf copy of ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19)—HSE guidance, enforcement and social distancing at work‘ here.

Find out more

Paul Rogers is a member of our Health & Safety Team and his practice centres on the defence of corporations, directors and individuals for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act. If you would like to discuss any of the issues covered in this article please contact Paul directly or via his Practice Director, Nick Levett for a confidential discussion.

 


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