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Charlotte Geoghegan is Event Manager for Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show and SHP at Informa Markets. She is responsible for content, strategy and sales of physical events and digital products. She is also an active member of the Women in Health and Safety committee. Before Charlotte went into this role she was Head of Content for the Safety & Health Expo, SHP, IFSEC, FIREX and the Facilities Show. She joined Informa (previously UBM) in 2015. Charlotte has spent 10 years in media & events and her academic background is in modern foreign languages. You can find her on LinkedIn here https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlottegeoghegan1/
June 19, 2020

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Medical and fabric masks: Who wears what when?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a video outlining when medical masks and fabric masks should be worn in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical masks

It states medical masks should be worn by health workers, people who have COVID-19 symptoms and those who care for anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

In areas where COVID-19 is widespread and physical distancing of at least one meter cannot be achieved, the WHO advises that medical masks should be work by anyone over 60 as well as people with underlying health conditions.

Fabric masks

The WHO video advises fabric masks should be worn by those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms where the disease is widespread and physical distancing of at least one meter is not possible. It says fabric masks should be considered in busy public settings such as on public transport, in the workplace and in shops.

The video concludes by urging viewers to follow local authorities’ advice on the use of masks.

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
Barbour EHS

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