HSE Spot Checks

November 8, 2020

As outlined within our “Return to Work Information Pack”  issued back in April,  Baily Garner (Health & Safety) Ltd is keen to keep everyone up to speed on any changes as the current pandemic evolves. We have had a number of clients ask us about the HSE spot checks and inspections being carried out and as such we felt it necessary to share some information received so far..  

The HSE are carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses including construction sites to ensure that they are COVID–19 secure.  If you are selected for a spot check/inspection the HSE will check that your site is COVID secure and that the following sensible and proportionate steps are being taken:

  • A COVID-19 risk assessment has been carried out
  • Social distancing is maintained
  • The site is kept clean with sufficient handwashing and hygiene procedures in place

It is worth noting that the Covid Risk assessment must be site specific and should be considered a live document which is continually updated to reflect any new guidance in line with government and the current Construction Leadership Council version 6. Equally the HSE are using these as a benchmark for “enforcement” (their words not ours). It is therefore crucial the document is regularly reviewed and updated if required. The HSE also recommends regular (at least weekly) briefings to operatives reminding them of the specific control measures necessary to protect them, their colleagues, families and the wider UK population.

We highly recommend that all contractors keep evidence of toolbox talks given specifically on Covid-19.

Where Baily Garner (Health &Safety) Ltd is appointed to carry out on-site monitoring inspections (as part of the CDMA role) we have already emphasised these items within our report to ensure compliance.  

You may find it useful to have a look at the short video put together  by the HSE explaining the following:

  • How spot checks and inspections work
  • What HSE Inspectors will need to check
  • Actions to take if employers are not managing the risk of COVID spreading

The HSE has also published a range of coronavirus related guidance and information which you may find useful, this includes:

We do hope that you find the above useful but should you have any questions or require anything further we are here to support you through these challenging times so please don’t hesitate to contact us - We will be happy to help.