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Useful Links to COVID-19 Information

Health and Safety Executive, UK (HSE UK)

Link: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

This contains excellent advice in text, poster and video format including a HSE Rapid Evidence Review Publication dated 27 th March 2020 which compares UK and WHO guidance on PPE ensembles for primary healthcare workers. It incorporates information on fit testing of respiratory protection including videos. It further provides COVID-19 guidance for non-clinical settings.

British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

Link: http://www.bohs.org/coronavirus-hub/

As with the other links, the BOHS COVID-19 link is being constantly updated.

The 'Return to Work Guidance', recently produced takes a risk-based approach to preventing disease spread, whilst restarting industrial processes and facilities which may have become hazardous as a result of the unusually long shutdown. It aims to help those with a responsibility for ensuring the immediate and long-term health of staff to prioritise and plan, as well as providing specific guidance on actions and signposting to other resources. While it is aimed primarily at manufacturing companies, much of the guidance will be applicable to other organizations.

The 'BOHS endorsed advice' provides reliable information on (a) 'COVID-19 and Face Mask Use Outside Healthcare', (b) 'COVID-19 and Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)', (c) 'COVID-19 and Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and (d) 'Maintaining Skin Health while observing COVID-19 hygiene measures'. The section titled 'COVID-19 technical information' includes invaluable information on spotting fake respirators. It describes the markings to examine on PPE products, associated certification / documentation and other useful advice. BOHS has furthermore, produced a very useful presentation and an infographic of the markings on RPE required to meet EU, US and Chinese standards. The presentation can be found here whilst the infographic which would be an ideal reference poster can be found here.

The section titled 'Annals Special Content' provides access to COVID-19 academic papers. Further information on these is included the tab headed 'Academic Publications' in the COVID-19 section of this website.

Health and Safety Authority, Ireland (HSA)

Link: https://www.hsa.ie/eng/topics/covid-19/covid-19_coronavirus.html

This site provides links to all of the Irish guidance on worker protection including the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, which provides advice for employers, healthcare professionals, education settings, including a useful video on putting on and taking off PPE for healthcare personnel, the HSE, the Departments of Health and of Foreign Affairs and Trade, all of which have useful guidance.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), United States

Link: https://www.osha.gov/

Contains useful information in a link from its homepage. Includes relevant guidance in both text and video format.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – US

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/

Provides useful guidance from its home page for both the healthcare sector and other businesses together with other useful guidance on issues such as advice surrounding the shortage of PPE.

European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC)

Link: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/all-reports-covid-19

Contains useful advice on appropriate personal protective equipment for healthcare settings together with a tutorial on the safe use of PPE. 

Centre for Disease Control and Infection, United States (CDC)

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/

Contains useful and current information which can be easily be found in a search.

World Health Organisation

Link: https://www.who.int/ 

Relevant advice for workplaces is available under the following banners on the home page – 'Advice for health workers', and 'Country and Technical Guidance'. A peruse under 'Research and Development' may also yield information

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) - US

Link: https://www.aiha.org/public-resources/consumer-resources/coronavirus_outbreak_resources

Very useful, with access to a free webinar, co-hosted by AIHA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) which addresses questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. It further includes a link to a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Link: https://www.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/communicable-diseases/coronavirus/

Contains links to a number of webinars and dates for a forthcoming webinar. Includes information for (1) healthcare workers, (2) going back to work safely and (3) remote workers.

Webinar on 'COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission and Respiratory Protective Equipment'

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEC_-oy6Tss

This webinar, held on the 20th April 2020, addresses aerosol transmission and RPE. It is presented by Dr Lisa M Brosseau and Ramish Mani, Global Product Manager of TSI. A useful, informative webinar followed by an interesting Q&A session.