Businesses must take reasonable steps to control risks in their workplace; including those arising from COVID-19. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published detailed guidance, on its website, in respect of COVID risk assessments (https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/risk-assessment.htm) which complements information on Gov.UK about Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19) and that published by the Welsh (https://gov.wales/keep-wales-safe-work-html) and Scottish (https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-returning-to-offices/) Governments. Businesses are responsible for implementing any controls identified by their risk assessments.
HSE and Local Authorities use a range of interventions to influence, encourage and advise business and, where necessary, hold to account those who fail to meet their responsibilities. Throughout the pandemic, HSE has engaged with businesses through its Spot Check procedures, which include phone calls and, where face to face contact is necessary, site visits. Determining whether businesses have carried out, and where appropriate implemented the controls identified by, their risk assessment is a central part of the process.