Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The HSE is 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 they can give expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors.

By calling and visiting premises and speaking directly to employers, they can check the measures that are in place are in line with government guidance.

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic.

If you receive a call or visit from The HSE, you should participate in the spot check as failure to do so could lead to enforcement action.

As well as participating in the phone calls and visits, there are sensible and proportionate steps you should take to help keep your workplace COVID-secure, including:

· Carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment

· Maintaining social distancing

· Keeping your workplace clean, with handwashing and hygiene procedures

This HSE video explains how spot inspections work, what  will need to checked, how the inspections can help you keep your workplace COVID-secure and actions inspectors will take if employers are not managing the risk of COVID spreading.