Spot checks to ensure Dales businesses are COVID-secure

Your District Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out spot checks to make sure local businesses are COVID-secure.

The authority is also working alongside local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in confirmed coronavirus cases in the area.

During the checks – which start next week - the council will provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. Where any businesses are not managing this, officers will take immediate action.

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

Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus.

Further information on how to manage the risk of coronavirus in different business sectors is available online at www.gov.uk/guidance

The District Council’s Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
“We will be talking to local businesses and inspecting sites in and around the Derbyshire Dales to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity.
“Becoming COVID-secure needs to be the priority for all Dales businesses. It is a legal duty for businesses to protect their workers and others from harm and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.
“This means making business adjustments to become COVID-secure. We advise employers to work with their employees when implementing changes, to help increase confidence with workers, customers and the local community.”

In recent times HSE and local authority inspectors have discovered common issues across a range of sectors, including a failure to provide arrangements for monitoring or supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime, particularly at busy times of the day.

The District Council’s Director of Regulatory Services, Tim Braund said:
“Any business in the Derbyshire Dales could get an unannounced spot check, no matter the size or sector.
“By making sure that businesses have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of the local community as well as support the local and national UK economy.”

For the latest information and safer business guidance, see www.gov.uk
Your District Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out spot checks to make sure local businesses are COVID-secure.

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