On these Government websites you will find business advice, employment and financial support advice (including how to apply for universal credits and Covid-19 employment financial details) – some of the advice is available as downloads in several languages, please share this information with those who may need to know where to find the information on this financial support.
Among those other industries which are looking for temporary workers are fruit and veg growers. Some Scottish Growers have listed contacts for Scotland on the Scottish NFU website www.nfus.org.uk.
Sites operating during Covid-19 need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. These are exceptional circumstances and the industry must comply with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus at all times for up to date advice please check https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus For Ireland please use https://www.gov.ie
General health and safety requirements of any forestry activity must also not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably competent personnel being on site/plant or equipment problems, it should not take place. Emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual, Mountain Rescue may become short of volunteer staff. Please consider this in the risk assessment process and please consider this in your decision as to which sites should no longer be at work (those sites with difficult access/motor manual tasks during the period affected by Covid-19 may not be safe to work). Current stipulation from the Scottish Government ‘if you run a business, and if the nature of your business makes it difficult for you or your workers to work from home or to practice safe social distancing, then you should close for the period of the efforts to combat this virus’.
Please ensure that those forestry workers on site are given information to help remind them of the procedures they are operating under – these are challenging and different to the day-to-day procedures and need to be in place to protect themselves, their colleagues, their families and the wider population.
If the site cannot consistently implement the measures put in place, it should be shut down.
The following workers must NOT be on site:
Those in self-isolation/vulnerable person/ are living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person (up to date details of the categories /recommendations are listed on the Gov website).
Procedure if someone falls Ill; If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough while at work, they should:
Travel to Site/on Site: