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HSE Spotlight Falls on Schools

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

The HSE will be targeting spot checks on schools across the UK over the coming weeks to review their measures for minimising the spread of coronavirus.

Initial checks will be by telephone with the expectation that the responsible person will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant government guidance and the control measures required under health and safety legislation.  It is expected that the responsible person will have completed a risk assessment, have this to hand and be able to answer questions about it.

Any concerns identified during the initial call will be referred for follow up which may involve a visit to the school.  Any serious failings may result in enforcement action.

School management are advised to co-operate with the HSE while they are carrying out the spot check and to follow any advice provided.

At time of writing checks have already commenced in Scotland and will be starting in England and Wales following the return to school this week.


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