A new style of spot check
Between 9 March and 29 June the HSE received over 23,000 Covid 19 related contacts from a myriad of sources, including concerned workers and members of the public, about returning to work or using business premises during the pandemic.
In addition to this, the HSE confirmed it has now conducted 2,383 spot checks between 26 May and 2 July 2020. The spot checks are not just the usual unannounced inspection, but also a new style of phone inspection. These phone checks included obtaining visual evidence such as photos and video footage from the businesses themselves.
A HSE spokesperson stated that "Putting duty holders on the spot, and checking how they are managing their risks, has always been part of our regulatory approach. This has continued to be the case throughout the pandemic…"
This adaptation to the new normal demonstrates that the HSE fully intend to pursue its remit with renewed vigour.