HSE Blitz Alert: Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

27th May 2021

Please be aware that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure.

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. The HSE will also be working with approved partners who will carry out spot check calls as well as visits. Failure to participate in a spot check could lead to enforcement action, according to the HSE.

As well as participating in the phone calls and visits, the HSE is advising that business take the following steps to help keep workplaces COVID-secure, which include:

  • Carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Keeping your workplace clean, with handwashing and hygiene procedures

In particular they are checking ventilation in premises and work areas. Guidance to help companies address this issue is available on the HSE website: Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

BSG has also published its own guidance documents which can be downloaded from the hub in the Health & Safety Documentation / Coronavirus COVID 19 section. They include:

  • 713 Corona Virus Hard Copy Risk Assessment REVIEWED 26.5.21.doc
  • BSG Covid-19 Office Risk Assessment REVIEWED 26.5.21.docx
  • Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus.docx

To access the BSG Hub, click this link https://hub.bsgonlineservices.co.uk/login.phtml and log in with your username (email address) and password. If you tick the ‘Remember Username’ box you won’t have to log in again.

Please register here if you have not previously registered for access to the BSG Hub. https://bsgltd.co.uk/bsg-hub-registration-page/

Should you have any questions about how to prepare for an HSE inspection related to COVID 19 or any other health and safety issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us.