Sandwell Council is working with the HSE to make sure businesses are Covid-secure
Published 10th March 2021
Sandwell Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact businesses in Sandwell to check they have Covid-secure measures in place and to help tackle coronavirus.
HSE is also working alongside local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in confirmed coronavirus cases in the area.
Spot checks will begin from Monday 15 March. During the checks businesses will get advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors but where some businesses are not managing this, immediate action will be taken.
Being Covid-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus. For further information on how to manage the risk of coronavirus in different business sectors please read the government guidance.
Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader Sandwell Council, said: "These spot checks with the Health and Safety Executive will help us to identify work with businesses to make sure they have to correct measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“Becoming COVID-secure needs to be the priority for all businesses in Sandwell, it is a legal duty for businesses to protect their workers and others from harm and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.
"All businesses are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are COVID-secure."