‘Spot checks’ for businesses to ensure they are abiding by Covid-19 rules

‘Spot checks’ for businesses to ensure they are abiding by Covid-19 rules

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

BUSINESSES  in Sefton will be given ‘spot checks’ by the council to make sure they are abiding by coronavirus rules.

As of Monday, September 21, phone calls and follow-up visits will be carried out and focussed on businesses in the hospitality, beauty & hairdressing and the warehousing sectors.

These particular businesses have been chosen because it's where the council has responsibility for the enforcement of health and safety legislation.

If Covid-19 rules are not being followed, immediate action will be taken including enforcement notices and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe. Businesses that fail or refuse to comply could face prosecution.

Cllr Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s cabinet member for Corporate Services said: “We are talking to local businesses and inspecting sites across Sefton to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity.

“Becoming Covid-secure is a legal duty and needs to be the priority and we know the vast majority of our local businesses are trying hard to get this right by putting the necessary measure in place.

“We appreciate the efforts business owners and managers are making and have undertaken this work with the Health and Safety Executive to provide any further advice and support they may need.”

The Champion reported last week how Sefton Council and Merseyside Police paid a visit to a beauty salon in Bootle, called Skin Kerr, after a poster was repeatedly placed in the window denying the existence of coronavirus and claiming staff don’t wear masks.

The council are considering closing the business as a result.

These new  spot checks will be carried out by the council’s Environmental Health enforcement teams and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is the national regulator for workplace health and safety.

HSE and local authority inspectors report they have been finding some common issues across a range of sectors. These include failing to provide arrangements for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime particularly at busy times of the day.

 Cllr Lappin added: “All businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are Covid-secure although we will be focusing on the sectors we think will be most likely to benefit from this help..”

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