Great progress is being made between Barnsley Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in spot-checking the borough’s workplaces to check they have COVID-secure measures in place.
Since the beginning of April, almost half of the 500 premises identified for a spot check have received a visit from a spot check support officer.
During the visits, they check the measures that have been implemented and, where required, provide advice and guidance.
Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk from coronavirus to protect workers, visitors, and customers.
All of the businesses visited so far were found to have implemented COVID-secure measures in accordance with the relevant government guidelines. No premises have been referred to the council’s Regulatory Services Team for a more detailed follow-up or enforcement work.
Barnsley Director of Public Health, Julia Burrows, said: “I’m very pleased and reassured to find this level of compliance from Barnsley businesses.
“It reflects the hard work carried out by businesses and our own officers to ensure that requirements are met and continue to be implemented.
I ask that everyone visiting these premises and helping support our local economy continues to follow all the guidance – especially around hands, face space, and fresh air, along with getting their vaccination when invited – to ensure that we come out of lockdown safely and stronger than ever, as a community.”
Angela Storey, Director of Transformation and Operational Services at HSE said: “Across the country, we are working with local authorities, like Barnsley Council, to spot-check businesses. Both local authorities and HSE provide advice and guidance where needed.”
“All workplaces are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector, can receive an unannounced check from either HSE or the local authority, to check they are Covid-secure.”