COVID Spot Checks & Inspections Continue as Lifting of Restrictions are Delayed
The UK Government has delayed the full lifting of COVID restrictions in England by four weeks, at Step 3 of the roadmap. This comes amid rising infection rates as the new Delta COVID variant spreads.
Businesses need to continue to have COVID-secure measures in place that are in line with the latest Government guidance. The latest GOV.UK guidance includes guidance on going to work. You should continue to work from home if you can. There is also information if you are in an area where a new COVID-19 variant is spreading
It's vital at this stage that businesses don't become complacent and continue to have measures in place to manage the risk from Coronavirus and ensure workers are following them.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is working with local authorities to carry out spot checks and inspections on businesses. These are taking place in all areas, to check that businesses have COVID-secure measures in place to keep workers, visitors and customers safe.
HSE calls and visits businesses to check the COVID-secure measures they have in place and provides guidance and advice if required. Where businesses aren't managing the risk, action will be taken. This can range from the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe. Where businesses fail to comply, this could lead to prosecution.
Angela Storey, Director of Transformation and Operational Services at HSE, said:
"We will continue to work with local authorities, checking that businesses have COVID-secure measures in place, and providing guidance and advice where needed.
"As we continue to carry out spot checks and inspections our support of cross-government work remains. We are committed to helping employers and employees as they work through the pandemic.
"All workplaces are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced call or visit to check they are COVID-secure."
Posted: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 15:50 by Kathryn Adams