DESPITE the easing of coronavirus restrictions nationwide, businesses are being warned they still face the threat of a £10,000 fine for failing to maintain a Covid-safe workplace.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed they will continue to carry out spot checks on businesses across the UK to ensure they have the appropriate measures in place to protect their employees from the risk of Covid-19 – despite the end of restrictions in England, and with Wales’ restrictions set to end completely on August 7.

However, with cases on the rise and businesses continuing to reopen, it’s essential that all employers take appropriate steps to protect their people and workplace.

As the governments within the UK are withdrawing certain Covid restrictions – including wearing face coverings, social distancing and work from home guidance – employers are still required to manage the risks within their workplace under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The HSE has confirmed that they will continue to inspect workplaces to make sure businesses are working safely as restrictions are lifted. Not meeting these standards in the workplace could result in a fine of up to £10,000.

Are you confident you’ll pass an unannounced spot check from an inspector?

Health and safety and employment law services firm Citation have created an exclusive, step-by-step guide to help businesses prepare for a HSE inspection and get everything you need in place to make sure their business is operating safely and compliantly.

To help make sure you’ve got every base covered when it comes to proving your Covid-compliant during inspections, their health and safety and HR experts have put together the checklist of considerations you need to make to avoid any fines and the closure of your business. In it they cover: what safety measures you should consider having in place to maintain a safe workplace;

how to encourage your people to comply with retained Covid safety measures and some of the most common issues identified by HSE inspectors.

To find out more, visit their website.