Date published: 29th October 2020
North Norfolk District Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact businesses in North Norfolk to support them operate in accordance with COVID-secure requirements with the objective of minimising the incidences of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the local area.
We are also working alongside local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in confirmed coronavirus cases in the area.
During these checks we provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors; but where some businesses are not managing these risks well, we will take immediate action in the interests of the local community. This can range from the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply, this could lead to prosecution.
Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk and protect workers and others from Coronavirus. For further information on how to manage the risk of Coronavirus in different business sectors please read the government guidance.
Environmental Protection Officer James Windsor said: “We are contacting local businesses and inspecting sites in the District to understand how they are managing risks associated with their specific business activity.
“Being COVID-secure is a priority for all businesses in North Norfolk, it is essential businesses protect their workers and others and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from Coronavirus. This means making business adjustments to be COVID-secure. We advise employers to work with their employees when implementing changes, to help increase confidence with workers, customers and the local community.”
HSE and local authority inspectors are finding some common issues across a range of sectors that 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.
NNDC Chief Executive, Steve Blatch said: “All businesses are liable to spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are COVID-secure. By offering advice and support to North Norfolk businesses to make sure that they have the necessary measures in place to manage the risks, we can seek to protect the health of our communities and businesses across North Norfolk as well as support the local and national UK economy.”
For the latest information and safer business guidance, see www.gov.uk
Last updated: 29th October 2020