HSE targets logistics businesses for ‘Covid security’ spot inspections

London, UK: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors are carrying out spot inspections on transport and logistics businesses in Scotland, Northern England and the Midlands to ensure they are Covid-secure for employees.

The HSE is encouraging all businesses to carry out risk assessments to protect workers and others from coronavirus.

Businesses should:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
  • think about who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk

The Public Health England report, Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19, shows that some groups of people may be at more risk of being infected and/or an adverse outcome if infected. Businesses should consider this in their risk assessment.

Practical measures include:

  • putting in place social distancing measures
  • staggering shifts
  • providing additional handwashing facilities

What to include in a Covid-19 risk assessment: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/assets/docs/risk-assessment.pdf

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