HSE undertaking 'COVID Secure' spot-checks

Published: 1 Feb 2021

Over recent months, the HSE have increased the number of random COVID spot checks they are undertaking at all types of businesses, to assess if they are operating in line with government COVID guidelines.

Ensuring your business is COVID compliant and a safe place for your staff and customers can require more than just providing some hand sanitiser and social distancing signs.  Below we have listed our top tips to consider when assessing your COVID controls.

  1. Illness / incident reporting procedures

A clear procedure for monitoring employee’s health and how to manage any suspected cases should be in place. This must include a return to work procedure.

  1. Staff training – Building a safety culture

All employees should be trained on your COVID procedures. The training must be tailored to your operation and recorded once completed.

  1. Documenting your control measures via a COVID risk assessment or policy

A documented COVID risk assessment must be undertaken reviewing all areas of your operation. It is recommended that each department has its own assessment in place.

  1. Regular review / assessment of the control measures

As part of your COVID-19 controls it is recommended that you allocate an employee as your COVID champion. It is advised that daily opening and closing checks are undertaken and weekly internal audits completed.

  1. Enhanced cleaning protocols

Cleaning procedures and regimes should include; frequency of cleaning, chemicals being used, PPE requirements, and procedures for cleaning possible COVID infected areas.

  1. Employee working arrangements

To review employees working in set teams, to assess how employees can stay within their area of the business and each member of staff being provided with their own hand sanitiser.

The CSC team have supported many businesses with COVID compliance over recent months via our ‘Safe to Visit’ scheme.  The effort and measures we have seen taken from multiple businesses, to ensure their premises are safe for all has been truly inspiring.

If you would like more details on how CSC can assist then please do contact the team.