COVID-19 inspections: What do you need to know?

17 Sep 2020

The UK continues to grapple with COVID-19 in the workplace, whether that’s reopening bars, restaurants and gyms, or adapting food manufacturing operational practices to fall in line with COVID-secure guidance. Peter James, Health & Safety Partner at BLM addresses how best to deal with a COVID-19 inspection and what businesses need to be aware of.

“So far, the HSE appears to be carrying out the majority of its inspections as random ‘spot checks’, including phone calls and on-site visits. Interestingly there have been cases where the HSE has attended on-site to investigate a reported incident and the inspector has extended their investigation to include a COVID assessment whilst present. Requests have also been made by Inspectors to provide COVID-19 procedures and a copy of the COVID-19 risk assessment prior to the visit taking place.

“It’s therefore vital to ensure your business is following COVID-secure guidance and is mitigating necessary risks ahead of time, as you are unlikely to receive notice that an inspection is upcoming. Reasonably practicable measures must be taken – and clearly demonstrated – to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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