Sandwell Council and HSE join forces for Covid-19 spot checks on businesses
Published 1st October 2021
Sandwell Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure Sandwell businesses have Covid-19 measures in place to allow them to operate safely.
Spot checks on businesses across the borough will begin from Monday (4 October) and will include contact by telephone and visits to premises, offering help and advice on Covid-safety measures.
Many coronavirus restrictions were removed in England in July - however, businesses are reminded that they must still be aware of the risks and review and update their risk assessment.
During the spot checks, HSE staff will provide helpful advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. If any business isn’t successfully managing the risks, further action may be taken.
As part of its activity, HSE will also check that businesses have measures in place to manage work-related stress and to support workers. Where stress may be a problem, employers should include it in their risk assessment and take action to tackle it.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for community safety Councillor Bob Piper said: “We will be working with the HSE to talk to and visit local businesses to check how they are managing the risks of Covid-19. It’s really important that local businesses are given the best advice and support to ensure they’re operating safely.
“Managing coronavirus in the workplace needs to be a priority for all businesses in Sandwell.
“Businesses of any size, in any sector, may get a call or a visit to make sure they are working safely to manage the risk of spreading the virus.
“By making sure that businesses have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of the local community as well as support the economy.”
Businesses in need of advice on managing the Covid-19 risks should read the government guidance.
Businesses can also find more information regarding work-related stress on the HSE website.