Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus

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The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. A few of our members have been visited by HSE for a spot check, so we wanted to remind you of the process and what you can expect.

The following video explains:

  • how spot inspections work
  • what HSE will need to check
  • how the inspections can help you keep your workplace COVID-secure
  • actions inspectors will take if employers are not managing the risk of COVID spreading

HSE are making calls so that they can give expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors. They are also working closely with local authorities, assisting them in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. To ensure that they reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and support the core work of inspectors, HSE are working with trained and approved partners to deliver the spot check calls and visits.

Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation, please call 0300 790 6896.

If you receive a call or visit from HSE, you should participate in the spot check as failure to do so could lead to enforcement action

As well as participating in the phone calls and visits, there are sensible and proportionate steps you should take to help keep your workplace COVID-secure, including:

www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/regulating-health-and-safety/spot-inspections