Council teams up with Health and Safety Executive to check businesses are Covid secure

Published Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 13:07

Blackburn with Darwen Council will be joining up with the Health and Safety Executive to carry out Covid spot checks on local businesses.

We are working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to make sure firms in the borough are Covid-secure and to help tackle coronavirus in the local area.

The HSE will first of all make phone calls to businesses to talk through their precautions. If the business doesn’t engage with this process then inspectors will be sent to the premises to carry-out an inspection.

During the checks on businesses we give advice and guidance to manage risk and protect staff, customers and visitors – but where some businesses are not managing this, we will take immediate enforcement action.

This can range from specific advice, enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply, this could lead to prosecution.

HSE and Blackburn with Darwen’s Public Protection team are finding some common issues across a range of businesses that include: failing to provide arrangements for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime particularly at busy times of the day.

For further information on how to manage the risk of coronavirus in different business sectors please read the government guidance.

Councillor Phil Riley, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

We are talking to local businesses and inspecting sites in and around Blackburn with Darwen to understand how they are managing risks in line with their businesses.

Becoming COVID-secure needs to be the absolute top priority for all businesses in the borough. It is a legal duty for businesses to protect their staff and customers and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.

All businesses are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are COVID-secure. By making sure that they have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of the local community as well as support the local economy.

We strongly advise employers to work with their staff when bringing in changes, to help increase confidence with workers, customers and the local community and keep everyone as safe as possible.”

For the latest information and safer business guidance, see

Any concerns or issues can also be reported to:

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