The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said they will doing checks on businesses to ensure that they are Covid Secure.
Philip White, director of regulation at HSE said: “Becoming Covid-secure should be the priority for all businesses.''
“By law, employers have a duty to protect workers and others from harm and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus. It’s important that workers are aware of the measures that will be put in place to help them work safely.’'
It suggests practical steps that businesses can take to do that including:
- Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment in line with HSE guidance
- Develop increased cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures
- Take all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- Maintain two-metre social distancing where possible
- Where people cannot be two-metre apart, manage transmission risk.
HSE went on to say that they will enforce the rules and take action against businesses that are non compliant. This would range from advice to fines and even prosecution.
How will this be enforced?
HSE can carry out spot inspections and use evidence from phone calls, pictures and video footage to take action. This will be a bit unnerving for lots of businesses trying to get employees back into the workplace.