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Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19) and Changes ahead as the transition period ends including information on CE marked goods on the UK market

Article Date: 2020-11-13

The Health and Safety Executive will be carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure.

HSE are making calls so we can give expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors. We are also working closely with local authorities, assisting them in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.

By calling and visiting premises and speaking directly to employers, they will check the measures outlets have put in place are in line with government guidance.

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. To ensure they reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and support the core work of our inspectors, they are working with trained and approved partners to deliver the spot check calls and visits.

Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation, please call 0300 790 6896.

If you receive a call or visit from us, you should participate in the spot check as failure to do so could lead to enforcement action.

Changes ahead as the transition period ends: Act now

The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start in January 2021.

The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and will not be extended. While the government continues to negotiate with the EU, there are actions your business can take now. 

CE marked goods on the UK market

CE marked workplace products will be accepted in the UK until 1st January 2022. This includes workplace goods which have been assessed by an EU-recognised notified body.

Find out more about placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK.

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