Legionella Risks During the Coronavirus Outbreak
BOHS endorses and values the work the HSE have undertaken during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the information and awareness they have been sharing with the public regarding health risks in the workplace.
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella. If a building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. Due to this increased risks of Legionella HSE has launched a new website at:
BOHS Member Information on Manufacture, Use, and Distribution of Face Masks in non-Healthcare Settings
BOHS is seeing increasing enquiries about the use of face masks by the general public, including the use, manufacture, and distribution of independently designed of “DIY” masks as a measure against COVID-19.
Public Health England have today (07/04/2020) up-dated guidance for employers and businesses recommending against the use of face masks in non-care settings.
To read the full document, click here.
COVID-19 and Face Mask Use Outside Healthcare
BOHS endorses the current guidance by Public Health England on the use of face masks by non-health workers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19#use-of-face-masks-in-the-community
COVID-19 and Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
BOHS continues to review and support the NHS guidance on the use of PPE in Healthcare contexts. However, we remain concerned that aerosol generating procedures and some emerging evidence of airborne transmission may require consideration of the use of PAPR in certain circumstances. Working with allied disciplines, we are keeping this under close review.
COVID-19 in the Workplace
BOHS is pleased to work with HSE and emphasises the regulatory and practical importance for employers and workers in adhering to its guidance. The guidance changes from time to time and is under continual review by its experts and practitioners. https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm
COVID-19 in Buildings
BOHS values the work of CIBSE and considers that its guidance on the spread of COVID-19 in buildings reflects a practical approach to the implementation of the current scientific knowledge.
BOHS Member Information on Maintaining Skin Health while observing COVID-19 hygiene measures
This information is derived from guidance provided by BOHS specialist, Chris Packham (March 2020) Dermatological Engineer EnviroDerm Services who is happy to field further technical questions. The full content can be downloaded from the BOHS COVID-19 hub under Member Insights.
- Hand hygiene is probably the single most important preventative measure in combatting the spread of COVID-19.
- There are two methods that should be used, depending to how dirty your hands are.
- For visibly clean hands, alcohol-based sanitizer, with appropriate moisturizer (usually glycerol) is the best method of deactivating the virus and the best long-term solution for skin health
- For visibly dirty hands, soap and water, with equal concentration on thorough rinsing as coverage by soap is an effective method
- However extensive use of soap can result in skin damage which can limit the effectiveness of the method and cause other health problems.
- Using a small amount of any moisturizing lotion every time hands are washed (not so much that it is sticky) will help maintain skin health
- Moisturiser is not needed when using appropriate alcohol-based hand sanitisers