Are you ready for a spot inspection by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure your workplace is COVID Secure?
As businesses re-open and employees continue to return to the workplace, employers are having to adapt working environments to manage the risk posed by COVID-19.
To check that businesses and workplaces are COVID-secure, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently carrying out inspections to ensure the measures duty holders have in place are in line with current guidance, which let’s not forget – can change daily!
Inspections will encompass all types of businesses, in all areas. Potentially no business is exempt and the HSE is working closely with local authorities to assist them with targeting of businesses in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.
What should you expect from a HSE Covid 19 Inspection?
The inspection will check that the business has taken practical steps to follow general and sector-specific guidance; being COVID-secure means managing risks to protect your workforce and being adaptable to current guidelines
What can I do to make sure my business is Covid-Secure?
- Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment
- Implement increased cleaning programs particularly in high contact areas
- Encourage increased handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Maintain 2-metre physical distancing; where this is not possible to manage the risk of transmission through other measures
At Dava Dawn we realise many businesses are left with many questions and we are always here to help – this is what we specialise in! Should you want to get in touch and ask us for help to ensure your business is COVID Secure please just click here – alternatively you can seek further information and resources the HSE at https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/index.htm
What happens if my business is not Covid Secure?
Where businesses are not managing the risk posed by COVID, the HSE will take immediate action in one of the following ways:
- providing specific advice
- issuing enforcement notices
- stopping certain work practices until they are made safe
- prosecuting where a business fails to comply
We are living in a very different world at the moment but we all have the same goal – we are to limit risk and ensure we are doing our bit to keep the virus from spreading further. Every business and individual needs to be accountable.
As a business, we realise that this can be a daunting time but please if you are not sure it is always worth seeking further guidance – asking the question could make all the difference to ensuring your doors remain open!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch should you wish to chat over any questions you have when it comes to making your business Covid-Secure.
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