Industrial Health and Safety: West Midlands

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th September 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, how many investigations of workplace concerns relating to (a) covid-19 and (b) non-covid-19 concerns, where checks have been made to ensure that measures have been put in place to comply with the law, have been made in (i) Birmingham and (ii) the West Midlands in each month since January 2020; and how many enforcement notices served in respect of those investigations.

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

The table below shows the number of Covid-19 and non Covid-19 workplace concerns investigated by operational staff i.e. either Inspectors or Visiting Officers, by region and the number of Notices served.

2020

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

TOTAL

Birmingham

COVID concerns investigated*

0

0

0

17

13

6

4

40

Notices issued

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Non-COVID concerns investigated*

13

12

9

6

8

6

7

61

Notices issued

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

West Midlands

COVID concerns investigated*

0

1

0

167

93

55

30

346

Notices issued

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

3

Non-COVID concerns investigated*

60

59

50

36

36

40

28

309

Notices issued

1

6

1

2

2

0

0

12

*includes those currently under investigation

NB the data was extracted from HSE’s live operational database on 22nd July 2020 and the numbers of investigations are based upon the date that the record was created. The Notice numbers are based upon the issue date and may change due to a lag between the date issued and the details being recorded in the operational database.

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