Stakeholder eBulletin: 9 November 2020

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Spot checks continue as further coronavirus restrictions start

As further coronavirus restrictions are introduced, HSE is continuing its programme of spot checks and inspections on workplaces ensuring they are COVID-secure.

HSE continues to call and visit workplaces, often unannounced, and put employers on the spot to make sure they are following government guidelines on being COVID-secure.


During the spot inspections, the inspectors provide advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers and visitors, but where businesses are not managing this, they will take immediate action. This can include the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply, could lead to prosecution.


Being COVID-secure means businesses need to keep up to date with the latest guidance and put measures in place to manage the risk to workers and others.


More information on spot checks and inspections and and guidance on being COVID-secure is available.

Protecting vulnerable workers during the coronavirus pandemic

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Employers must consider the risk to workers who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and put controls in place to reduce that risk.


Our website has advice and guidance on how to protect vulnerable workers during the pandemic (updated to reflect the new national restrictions in England).


This includes the latest information on:

  • Supporting workers in higher-risk groups
  • Accessing COVID-secure precautions
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable workers
  • Supporting clinically extremely vulnerable workers returning to work
  • Pregnant workers

For all the latest information and advice on health and safety during the pandemic, please visit our coronavirus pages.

Updated coronavirus guidance from BEIS relating to national restrictions

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the following guidance relating to national restrictions...

Further guidance on the restrictions is available on GOV.UK, while information is also available on current restrictions in Scotland and Wales.

NHS COVID-19 app update

NHS COVID-19 app users are now benefitting from updates to the app that make it more accurate and user-friendly.

The app, which has now been downloaded 19 million times by around 40% of adults with eligible smartphones, will be updated to better estimate distance between users to increase the accuracy of close-contact notifications sent out by the app.


The NHS COVID-19 app is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. The more of us that use it, the better we can control coronavirus.


You can download the app here.

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