As we begin our move away from the first stage of the pandemic we begin to face the need for a staged return to work. As part of this many clients will be facing difficult questions around managing this return whilst keeping their staff safe from harm. As part of this, you will need to be aware of the Coronavirus risk level for different groups.
We have a number of resources which can help many of which are available on the website here and a number of other documents which we have developed exclusively for those clients retaining our services under Safety~net, our competent person scheme. If you’re a member of Safety~net please contact us or your retained consultant for specific additional support.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published some useful data which is available here; https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/deathsinvolvingcovid19englandandwalesmarch2020
- 91% of cases had other health problems;
- Most common heart disease followed by dementia and then respiratory illness;
- Average no. of conditions of those killed by the disease is 2.7;
- A sharp rise in mortality from age 60 upwards;
- Men approx. twice as likely to die;
- 86% of death attributed primarily to COVID-19 rather than the other underlying conditions.
Leading causes of death in the UK in March 2020 were as follows; (note: Ischaemic heart disease refers to a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries)
- Dementia: 6,401
- Ischaemic heart disease: 4,042
- Coronavirus: 3,372
- Lower respiratory diseases: 2,925
- Cerebrovascular diseases: 2,562
- Influenza and pneumonia: 2,446
- Lung cancer: 2,299
- Unspecified: 1,395
- Bowel cancer: 1,252
- Blood cancer: 1,057
You should review your staff will reference as to whether they or their close family suffer from one of the above diseases. You should also consider their age as this increases risk and this is magnified in the case of male versus female workers.
Interestingly, you will also note from figure 10 that overall mortality in March 2020 was actually lower than the 5-year average. Whilst this does not mean that we can reduce the good work we are doing it does show that the controls we have put in place have prevented a much more concerning outcome at present.
If you are a retained client on our competent person service, Safety~net we have a range of other documents available for your use, just call the office or your consultant for more help. See below for more help and resources.
- Toolbox talk on Coronavirus (Office Staff) – Download a copy here
- Toolbox talk on Coronavirus (Field Staff) – Download a copy here
- Coronavirus Risk Map (PDF): Download a copy here
- Coronavirus Risk Map (PNG Image): Download a copy here
- Coronavirus and HVAC, how your HVAC System can help
- Hand sanitising and surface sanitising, choices and options
- Exit plan for coronavirus, our observations
- Coronavirus demarcation of workplaces, examples of good practice
- How long can Coronavirus survive on different surfaces?
- Coronavirus Q&A
- Working during the coronavirus lockdown: social distancing advice from HSE
- Coronavirus RIDDOR reporting requirements (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus Risk Assessment
- Coronavirus: Cleaning your workplace before re-occupations
- Coronavirus: Should my business still be open?
- Coronavirus face masks: are they effective?
Please note that the images above and an interesting article are available the following link; What the coronavirus figures REALLY show
We hope that this information helps you. If you have any questions relating to Coronavirus please contact your retained safety consultant if you are a member of our Safety~net competent person service. We have a number of documents available for retained clients including model risk assessments, flow charts on isolation, administering first aid and home working, toolbox talks for office-based and field-based staff and similar documents which are being developed each day. We’re still open, our phone lines are live and we’re ready to help when needed.