As the pandemic continues, employers are having to adapt their working environments to manage the risk posed by coronavirus.
To minimise the risk of infection in the workplace, HSE is carrying out spot checks and inspections on businesses to ensure they are COVID-secure. They are doing this by calling, visiting and inspecting all types of businesses, in all areas, to check the measures they’ve put in place are in line with the current guidance.
They are also working closely with local authorities assisting them in their targeting of premises in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.
During the checks and inspections, they can provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. Where businesses are not managing this, we will take immediate action in one of the following ways:
- Providing specific advice
- Stopping certain work practices until they are made safe
- Issuing enforcement notices
- Prosecution where a business fails to comply
Being COVID-secure means being adaptable to the current guidelines, and HSE’s approach will adapt as workplaces in different sectors manage the coronavirus risks that apply to them. Most employers want to do the right thing, and Summit Safety Solutions is here to help and provide advice.
If you receive a call or visit from the HSE, you should participate in the spot check as failure to do so could lead to enforcement action.