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A return to normal proceedings for HSE inspectors

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the work of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was naturally impacted, with the role of many HSE inspectors affected as their focus shifted to major incidents and COVID-related checks and a need for some routine visits to be put on hold. 

You can read more about how the pandemic impacted the HSE in our blog.

However, with a return to normality as pandemic related restrictions ease, HSE inspectors are now back to carrying out routine activities. 

Worrying findings

A press release recently issued by the HSE highlighted the return to normal duties by inspectors, shedding light on some sobering statistics. For example, a team of 22 inspectors visited 71 businesses in Sheffield and Rotherham operating in the metal fabrication, engineering, general manufacturing and waste recycling areas. Of these 71 businesses, inspectors identified issues at 46 of them – resulting in three prohibition notices and 31 improvement notices being served.  

The HSE inspectors were focused on welding fumes and chemical-related risks as these are areas in which new guidance has been issued. 

Additionally, the HSE wrote to a further 23 local businesses urging them to improve certain aspects of health and safety.  

Keeping on top of health and safety

Health and safety should always be a top priority but it’s important to remember that as pandemic restrictions and laws subside, HSE inspectors are back to focusing on the day-to-day risks as before. If you require any assistance in checking your health and safety arrangements to ensure everything is being managed correctly in advance of a potential visit from the HSE, be sure to get in touch with us. 

Aegis provides a comprehensive health and safety management service to help organisations identify and mitigate risks in the workplace. Contact our team to find out more about the ways we can support you in becoming a safer business.