Inspectors continue to carry out COVID spot checks

Is your club aware and ready for a random inspection?

The UK government announced a four week delay to the lockdown lift, dubbed “Freedom Day” which was expected to take place on June 21st. Arguing that it will reduce the risk of another major outbreak of the virus and potential fourth lockdown, the delay has affected the schedules of many social clubs and sports businesses. With various government loans, funds and support ending, many businesses have been abruptly left in a difficult situation.

Whereas what will continue is the ongoing HSE inspections in line with government guidance. The Health and Safety Executive have been undertaking spot-checks which assess the COVID-secure measures taken by businesses. These remain unchanged and include:

  • Social distancing
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Frequent cleaning
  • Good hand hygiene

Work places must carry out a COVID risk assessment and keep it regularly updated. If you are a client and wish to receive assistance with COVID measures and undertaking a COVID risk assessment, please contact us on 0344 488 9204. All Club Insure clients receive tailored information related to their sector, be it sports or social, big or small, bingo or snooker. We understand the difficulties behind maintaining standards in an ever-changing COVID environment, and we promise our clients we will update them on any changes which will put them or their business at risk.

If you are not a client and wish to learn more about COVID risk assessments or the level of cover and service we provide, please call us on 0344 488 9204 or enquire here:

Why is there spot checks?

The spot checks are designed to help stop variants of COVID-19 spreading. The HSE will target areas where transmission rates are rising, but will also randomly spot check around England, Scotland and Wales.

Officers from the HSE or affiliate partners will be carrying identification and a letter of authorisation from the HSE. The visit usually succeeds a call from the organisation. They will check proportionate steps should have been undertaken, however if the COVID measure are not up to standard, they will issue guidance or, in some cases, take action. This may include forced closure, enforcement notices or prosecution where a business fails to comply.

For more information, see the HSE information.

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Patrick Sheerin

Patrick Sheerin