Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 48675 on Industrial Health and Safety, how many of the enforcement notices served in each month since January 2020 in relation to covid-19.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has received in excess of 7,000 Covid-19 related workplace concerns, predominately from workers and members of the public. The majority of concerns are dealt with by HSE’s call handling team with HSE’s field staff dealing with the more difficult cases. It has only been necessary to serve four enforcement notices to secure compliance which were each served in May 2020. The remaining cases were resolved through verbal advice or correspondence.

NB: the above quoted numbers were taken from HSE’s operational database on 3rd June 2020 and are subject to change e.g. as there can be a delay before actions are updated on the database.

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