HSE to resume site inspections

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that they:

“will resume targeted proactive inspection work of high-risk industries”

This is a part of their ‘new phase of supporting a safe return to work’ which includes adjusting its’ focus to activities such as conducting visits to business premises and sites, these will be undertaken in line with social distancing regulations and guidelines.

In addition to the announcement of resume site inspections, the HSE also announced they:

  • will carry out work to check that appropriate measures are in place to protect workers from COVID-19
  • will continue to work closely with, and across, industry sectors to enable businesses to put practical measures in place to help people get back to work safely, while remaining compliant with public health and health and safety at work requirements
  • continue to investigate work related deaths across all industry sectors, the most serious major injuries and dangerous occurrences and reported concerns, including those related to social distancing and COVID-19. In such cases we will continue to secure compliance with the law, and conduct our investigations using a mixture of technology, without compromising the collection of evidence and our ability to secure effective control of risk, and site visits.

Source: The HSE