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COVID-19 Health and Safety Executive Spot Checks and Guidance on Ventilation and Heating

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Schools are reminded to check

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that their risk assessments addressing COVID-19 are still relevant and up to date in line with the government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): Education and childcare - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).


The HSE are still undertaking COVID spot checks on schools.  During the Autumn term of 2020, a school within Somerset was issued with a formal warning by the HSE with regards to their social distancing protocols.  Please ensure that the COVID safety measures that are in place are current and reflective of any reviewed and updated COVID risk assessments.


Ventilation and Heating during COVID-19


The balance between ventilation and heating is an issue which has been raised by many schools, particularly as the winter months are upon us.  The government guidance provides a small amount of advice, number 8 in section 1 Guidance for full opening: schools - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), with further reference made to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) CIBSE - Emerging from Lockdown and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - HSE news.  The HSE keeps its webpage on ventilation and heating arrangements under constant review and provides practical advice on how to fine tune the balance between keeping the workplace well ventilated versus heating arrangements.  Further practical advice can also be found on the National Education Union’s (NEU’s) website Home | NEU.


Please also be aware that SCC Corporate Health and Safety Unit’s (CHSU’s) policy located at http://extranet.somerset.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=35753 stipulates the minimum temperature in a light sedentary occupation is 19°C.


For any enquiries, please contact CHSU at 01823 355089 or email chsu@somerset.gov.uk


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Created at 04/01/2021 13:34 by Jemma.Gillard
Last modified at 04/01/2021 13:34 by Jemma.Gillard