WHAT'S NEW - HSE Confirms Spot-checks To Resume

HSE Confirms Spot-checks on Resume

by Vandana Thanki

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that they will restart inspections as the lockdown eases across the country. HSE had briefly stopped carrying out spot checks in March, after the lockdown was announced.

IOSH Magazine reported that more than 4,500 complaints were made to the watchdog since March, when the first UK case of coronavirus was confirmed.

A spokesperson at the HSE told IOSH magazine: 'Inspectors continue to visit workplaces following up any reports or concerns about safety in the workplace including  COVID-19 issues and ensuring compliance. On the spot inspections are resuming imminently.' They confirmed it has responded to around 5000 workplace concerns. 'This will continue as more businesses return to work, as businesses start getting back to work, we can see scope for making further proactive enquiries of employers. We're pulling together as we speak.' the spokesperson added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned in his 10th May speech that £14million will be available for the HSE for extra call centre employees, inspectors and equipment during the easing of the lockdown.

The HSE spokesperson said, 'We've been given the encouraging news of access to additional funding to support our advice and regulatory activity as businesses implement the new guidance on working safely during corona virus. The funding will help support HSE's capability to address an increased number of concerns and enquiries from workers, their families and employers alike.'