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The Health and Safety Executive defines a near miss ‘as an event that, while not causing harm, has the potential to cause injury or ill health’.

The Labour Research Department have produced a Booklet on ‘Working Safely with Covid-19. The coronavirus pandemic has presented significant new health and safety challenges for workers and their trade unions.

As part of Covid-19 contingency measures, the POA NEC have had regular dialogue with HMPPS around the newly created Covid-19 temporary capacity expansion.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Help Us Help You – NHS Access’ campaign which looks to address the barriers that are deterring patients from accessing NHS services.


HMPPS have agreed that if staff choose to wear a face mask whilst on duty, in any area, at any time, they may do so. This will be personal choice and no permission is needed.


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