Covid spotchecks on businesses continue
Spot checks of local businesses continue across Hambleton as more businesses re-open following lockdown.
Hambleton District Council’s Environmental Health team is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out the inspections on local businesses.
With the reopening of the economy, it is vital that businesses do not become complacent and continue to have COVID-secure measures in place.
Spot checks and inspections are carried out via calls and visits to check that the measures put in place to manage the risk from coronavirus are in line with current guidance. This includes businesses that have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, those that have recently reopened and those still due to open.
“We are talking to local businesses and visiting and inspecting sites across Hambleton to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity,” said Cabinet spokesperson, Councillor Stephen Watson.
“All business should have covid secure measures in place. 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.
Angela Storey, Director of Transformation and Operational Services at HSE, added: “We are continuing to work with local authorities to check businesses are covid secure and providing guidance and advice where needed.
“Our spot checks and inspections support the cross-government work in helping employers and employees that have worked throughout the pandemic and those returning as lockdown measures ease.
“All workplaces are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check from HSE or an inspection from Hambleton District Council’s Environmental Health team so we ask that they engage with us.
“By checking businesses have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of local communities as well as support the local and national UK economy.”
The COVID-secure measures businesses should have in place include:
- Risk assessment
- Social distancing
- Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing
- Ventilation and air conditioning
- Providing information for workers
- Working from home support
- Talking to vulnerable workers