HSE to Inspect Construction Firms
On 5 October 2020, the Health and Safety Executive began a targeted inspection initiative to check compliance with health standards across the construction sector. The inspections began on Monday 5 October 2020 and will last for one month.
This is the fourth health-focused initiative of its kind. As in previous years, inspections will focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. HSE will check that businesses have measures in place to protect their workers’ from asbestos, silica and wood dust.
HSE will also take enforcement action if an inspector identifies any other areas of concern. HSE has made it clear that this will include “making sure that businesses are doing all they can to protect their workers from the risk of coronavirus and make workplaces COVID-secure”.
We have seen an increasing number of Notices of Contravention issued by HSE alleging material breaches of health and safety laws against business operators for COVID related matters. We recommend that advice be sought in respect of such notices which can have a detrimental effect on your business. We have successfully challenged such notices.
Our Regulatory Partner, James Lowe, is offering a free 1 hour consultation for any business contacted by the HSE or local authorities in respect of compliance issues relating to Covid 19. James can be contacted on 07833 240400.