Indian variant prompts Government agency to carry out Covid spot checks at Bedford workplaces

If businesses aren't complying they could be prosecution

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 3:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 3:30 pm

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is increasing Covid spot checks and inspections in the town due to the Indian variant.

HSE will call into businesses from this week to check they have Covid-secure measures in place to keep workers, visitors and customers safe.

The agency will provide guidance and advice where required - but, crucially, will take action if businesses aren't complying.

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This can range from enforcement notices and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe. Where businesses fail to comply, this could lead to prosecution.

Angela Storey, director of transformation and operational services at HSE, said: “HSE is focusing spot checks in areas where transmission rates for the new variant of concern are rising. This is to help the national effort to combat the recent rise in cases and to stop it from spreading further.

“It is really important to ensure your business has Covid-secure measures in place to stop workplace transmission of the virus and keep workers safe. It will also help to keep businesses operating and will benefit the local economy.”

The Covid-secure measures businesses should have in place include social distancing, cleaning, hygiene and handwashing, as well as ventilation.

If staff are working from home, businesses should provide the equipment they need, keep in regular contact and discuss their wellbeing.