COVID spot checks on Hart businesses continue as lockdown measures ease

As we continue the roadmap out of lockdown and more businesses reopen, Hart District Council has been working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out spot checks and inspections on local businesses.

The reopening of the economy means that the opportunity for COVID to spread is increased substantially, so it is critical that our business community doesn’t become complacent. 

Spot checks and inspections have been carried out via calls and visits to all types of businesses to check that measures put in place to manage the risk from coronavirus are in line with current guidance. 

Councillor Sara Kinnell, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services, said: “It is vitally important that as we ease out of lockdown measures people feel safe to go out and about once again. We would like to thank Hart businesses for the great work they have been doing so far to manage risks and put COVID-secure measures in place.

“However, we must not get complacent! Our responsibility is to make sure that all measures continue to be taken so Hart businesses feel confident about reopening and welcoming back their customers.”

Angela Storey, Director of Transformation and Operational Services at HSE, said: “As we come out of lockdown, we are continuing to work with local authorities to check businesses are COVID-secure and providing guidance and advice where needed.

“All workplaces are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector, can still receive an unannounced check from HSE or an inspection from Hart District Council. If you are contacted by the HSE or the Council, please 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: every workplace should have a COVID risk assessment. Update it to reflect any changes in legislation or guidance that may impact your work activity.
  • Social distancing: where possible you should keep people two metres apart. If this is not viable, keeping one metre apart with risk mitigation is acceptable.
  • Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing: keeping your workplace clean reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread. It is a critical part of making and keeping your business COVID-secure.
  • Ventilation and air conditioning can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
  • Talk to workers: provide information about providing support and maintaining control measures. 
  • Vulnerable workers: talk to staff, provide information and consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus – putting controls in place to reduce that risk.

Please ensure your workplace is safe by following the guidance on being COVID-secure. Further information on spot checks and inspections is available on the HSE website.