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The National Executive are in constant contact with the employers, Government, ACAS, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, amongst others. As you are no doubt aware, things are certainly moving quickly now as we seek to react to changing circumstances and seek to update and clarify guidance to Members in these challenging times.
The most recent advice from the Health and Safety Executive includes guidance on Social Distancing in the Workplace and Working at Home
Social distancing in the workplace: The POA has asked for clarity as to the regulatory position in relation to social distancing – the updated position from HSE is as follows:
Working at home: The HSE is seeking to update the web page advising on protecting home workers https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home.htm This now includes a video clip which seeks to summarise the DSE advice.
On behalf of the NEC I would like to pass on our continued thanks to you all at this difficult time for your professionalism and bravery. We will continue to keep you update, continue the business of the Union and will work jointly with the Government and HMPPS to ensure you are as safe as you can be and are supported appropriately.
Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.