Over 4,000 COVID concerns reported to HSE
Since March 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has received 4,500 concerns about health and safety issues related to COVID-19.
The HSE is studying all the reports and may take actions against firms who do not follow health and safety guidelines to protect their employees and customers from the virus.
The HSE has said that organisations that fail to enforce social distancing regulations will be issued with enforcement notices. Where necessary workers should wear PPE (personal protective equipment).
Business minister Paul Scully said:
“Where workers still feel unsafe though, they can contact the Health and Safety Executive or their local authority and where poor health and safety is uncovered they can take action.”
Many companies have remained in operation and more will be reopening as lockdown restrictions are eased. The Labour MP Dan Jarvis has asked the government to increase resources for the HSE and local government so that they can make sure that safe working practices are operated in all organisations.
The HSE website has updated its advice and guidance on COVID-19 and how businesses should respond to it. This covers England, with information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland available on country-specific HSE websites.
HSE advice covers the workplace and workers’ rights, as well as getting to work and using public transport.
The police and local authorities have powers to enforce the law and fine people who do not behave safely, while the HSE can prosecute companies that do not follow the coronavirus regulations.