PCS encourages HMRC staff to complete ACC1 forms in Covid outbreaks
Following repeated discussions with HMRC, PCS’s group health and safety lead advises that incidents where there could be a potential of workplace exposure to Covid-19 should be reported through completion of the department's ACC1 reporting form.
This should occur wherever there is a reasonable suspicion, no matter how remote, that an individual could have contracted Covid-19 within the workplace or as a result of official duties.
HMRC continue to be reluctant to accept the potential of workplace transmission of Covid-19 and refuse to support our position of encouraging ACC1 completion, however reporting workplace incidents, work-related ill-health, and near misses is absolutely essential in any organisation and HMRC will not block ACC1s from being submitted to a line manager or subsequently investigated and reported to HR.
Where there is any active opposition locally to ACC1s being submitted, branches are asked to report details to the PCS R&C group health and safety inbox at email@example.com.