19 April 2022

Latest NHBF update – 19 April 2022

This week's update covers:

  • Change to PPE regulations
  • Webinar on T-levels and placements
  • Scotland: Use of face coverings and workplace materials

Change to PPE regulations

On 6 April 2022, the new regulations on personal protective equipment (PPE) at work came into effect, extending employers' responsibility to provide PPE and suitable training on how to use it to "workers who generally have a more casual employment relationship and work under a contract for service".

For salon and barbershop employers, they must ensure that suitable PPE is provided to 'employees' who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work. Employers need to carefully consider whether the changes to UK law apply to them and their workforce and make the necessary preparations to comply.

Salon and barbershop employees must use the PPE properly following training and instruction from their employer. If the PPE you provide is lost or defective, you should report that to your employer.


Webinar on T-levels and placements

The Department for Education is offering a free webinar on 26 April: Industry placements for small and medium-sized businesses - how can they contribute to your workforce, and what practical steps can you take? Book here.

In this free 1-hour webinar, you will learn:  

  • What industry placements are, and how they are part of T levels
  • The benefits they can bring to the success of your business  
  • How placements can work alongside apprenticeships and work experience
  • How other small and medium employers have already hosted placements  
  • What are the challenges, and how you can practically overcome them
  • What free government support is available to help get you started 

Scotland: Use of face coverings and workplace materials

The rule on wearing face coverings in most indoor public spaces and public transport changed from a legal requirement to guidance on 18 April 2022. It is strongly recommended that face coverings continue to be worn where appropriate.

Read the full guidance at https://www.nhbf.co.uk/news-and-blogs/blog/back-to-business-with-the-nhbf-four-nations-faqs/ 

Public Health Scotland has produced a range of COVID-19 materials for use in workplaces. These assets have been created to support employers in encouraging staff to continue getting their COVID-19 vaccination doses when eligible. Assets can be found at https://sgmarketing-newsroom.prgloo.com/resources/f/covid-19-campaigns