Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Health and Safety Executive is taking to ensure that employers put in place infection control measures to prevent the transmission of covid-19.

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

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.

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