Be confident your employees and contractors are working safely. Avoid the costs of unknowingly breaching legislation and have confidence that your business is operating safely and well within legal requirements. Let Coyle Group be your audit partner.
Every organisation has its own set of concerns or areas to address that will have arisen through risk assessments or compliance audits. We can home in on these to deliver a workshop will address the matters most important to you and cover it in the context of your business. Your workplace will then be more equipped to manage risks likely to emerge in your business and address improvement areas that have already been identified for action.
Understand your risk profile against industry benchmarks in ethical labour, health and safety or corporate governance. Know how compliant your business is, including across your third parties, and where you may be non-compliant. Coyle Group’s risk maturity assessment service can help you identify your major risks across three domains and then work with you to take response actions to reduce non-compliance risk.
Many employers are concerned about their reporting obligations for COVID-19/Coronavirus/SARS-CoV-2 under RIDDOR in the ongoing pandemic. You may be pleased to know that you do not have to report everything to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We'll provide more info about when, what, and how to report.
The most common concern we've seen recently from employers is whether they need to report all COVID-19 and coronavirus testing results to the HSE. The short answer is no. According to the HSE: “There is no requirement under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) to report incidents of disease or deaths of members of the public, patients, care home residents or service users from COVID-19. The reporting requirements relating to cases of, or deaths from, COVID-19 under RIDDOR apply only to occupational exposure, that is, as a result of a person's work.”
Generally speaking, the ordinary RIDDOR rules already cover COVID-19. You should only make a report under RIDDOR when one of the following circumstances applies:
• an accident or incident at work has or could have caused the release of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). (Report as Dangerous occurrence)
• a worker is diagnosed with COVID-19 due to occupational exposure. (Report as Disease)
• a worker dies because of occupational coronavirus exposure. (Report as Work-related death due to exposure to a biological agent)
The bottom line is that existing rules cover most COVID-19 measures, and most of the COVID-19 guidance comes from public health authorities rather than the HSE. The environment remains chaotic, but you can minimize your legal exposure by continuing your existing compliance steps. This will include communicating with your insurer about risks, following public health guidance, and communicating regularly with your workers or unions on any of their concerns.
© Gavin Coyle, 2021
© Gavin Coyle, 2021