As the country awaits Boris Johnson's roadmap to the return of some sort of normality, it is likely some Covid restrictions will remain in place. It is prudent, therefore, that we remind businesses of the possibility that they may receive a Health and Safety Executive spot check.

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 handwashing and
    hygiene procedures

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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