Since last year the Health and Safety Executive, (HSE), have been carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses, in all areas, to ensure they are COVID-secure.
They are making calls so that they can give expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and suppliers.
By calling and visiting the premises of businesses that remain open, they will speak to employers to check the measures they have put in place are in line with government guidance. HSE Inspectors make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. To ensure they reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and help support their core role, they are working with trained and approved partners to deliver spot checks.
Inspectors from approved partners that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from the HSE. If you want to verify the authenticity of an inspector that calls or visits your business, you can call 0300 790 6896.
If you receive a call or spot check you should participate fully. Failure to do so could lead to enforcement action.
As well as participating in the visits, it is important you should take steps to help keep your workplace COVID-secure. This includes:
- Carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Maintaining social distancing
- Keeping your workplace clean with hand washing and hygiene procedures
Simon Broome, Towergate’s UK Regions Risk Manager has noticed an increase in HSE spot-checks recently. He says “more and more clients I talk to are telling me that they have had a visit from the HSE in relation to COVID-19. Businesses that are not managing COVID-19 risks will be given immediate advice and guidance and may be asked to stop certain procedures until they are compliant. Those businesses that continue to flout the rules will receive an enforcement notice or even face prosecution."
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About the author
Simon Broome SIIRSM Tech IOSH has over 25 years' experience around risk management, honed through his industry background and working on operating software and management systems. He is a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and a Technical Member of IOSH, and also holds the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. In his current role at Towergate as risk manager - UK regions, he works closely with clients, brokering teams and insurance underwriters, providing client support for risk management and claims defensibility to reduce potential risk exposures.
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The information contained in this bulletin is based on sources that we believe are reliable and should be understood as general risk management and insurance information only. It is not intended to be taken as advice with respect to any specific or individual situation and cannot be relied upon as such. If you wish to discuss your specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact your usual Towergate advisor.