The below article will tell you about how and why the HSE are undertaking spot checks and unannounced inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also tell you what to expect on arrival of a HSE inspector and some vital steps to keep your workplace COVID secure. There is also a video to watch that explains what will happen during an unannounced inspection or spot check. We hope that you will find the information provided useful and will enjoy the read.
(The information for this article has come directly from the ‘HSE’ website.)

Here at BSA we have several services which can put your mind at ease and help you make your business COVID secure. Making sure you have all the correct information and procedures in place so that you can be prepared if you happen to have a spot check or inspection from the HSE, as well as having the confidence that you and your workforce are working in a safe environment. The bottom of this article will tell you more about the services we can provide to you as well as a direct link to our webpage with information of our COVID Assistance Services. 

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The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out random spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure.

They are undertaking these random spot checks during which they can give advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors.  They are also working very closely with local authorities, assisting them in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.
By doing these spot checks and inspections, it means the HSE can speak to employers directly and check that the measures that they have put in place are in line with government guidance to protect themselves and their workforce. 

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. The HSE are currently working with trained and approved partners to undertake the spot checks and inspections so that they can reach as many workplaces as possible.

Steps To Keep Your Workplace COVID Secure
The HSE advise on following these sensible and proportionate steps in order 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

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What To Expect During A Spot Check/Inspection?

HSE Officers that visit your premises should be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from the HSE.

If you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation you can call 0300 790 6896.

Failure to comply with the spot check or inspections could lead to enforcement action.

To give you more clarity on what to expect, the below video will explain to you:
How spot inspections work
What the HSE will need to check
How the inspections can help you keep your workplace COVID-secure
Actions HSE inspectors will take if employers are not managing the risk of COVID spreading.

Now more than ever we want to make sure you and your staff can feel confident back at work and be in a safe environment.

BSA have designed several services to assist you with being COVID secure, a selection of these are:

-Returning To Work Safely Packages
-Covid-19 Risk Assessments
-Health and Safety Policy Updates

For more information about these services please click on the link below which will take you directly to our COVID assistance webpage:


If you would like Bernard Sims Associates to help you with any of the above services or for more information then please email us on bsims@bsims.co.uk or call on 01483 467270 where we will be more than happy to assist you.

Keep Safe & Well,

Bernard Sims Associates