Last reviewed 15 October 2020

As new restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic are imposed in the Liverpool City Region, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed it will be carrying out spot checks and inspections to ensure businesses are Covid-secure.

From 14 October, the new three-level system of Covid restrictions has applied in England, with all regions of the country to fall into one of the three categories of medium, high or very high alert.

The Prime Minister has confirmed most of the country will be classified as medium and so far, as at mid-October 2020, only the Liverpool City Region in the very high category. As well as Liverpool itself, the region includes Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens and Halton.

In response, employers will need to continue to adapt their working environments to manage the risk posed by coronavirus.

The HSE’s Covid spot checks and inspections on businesses will involve calls and visits to premises by the HSE where inspectors will speak to duty-holders to check the measures they’ve put in place are in line with the current guidance.

The law allows for visits at any reasonable time, with or without notice.

Key steps for employers to take will require focus on:

  • Covid-19 risk assessments

  • social distancing systems

  • cleaning, hygiene and handwashing protocols

  • communication with workers — from consultation to training

  • considering homeworkers and vulnerable staff.

Further information is available via the HSE website.