HSE receives 4,500 COVID-19 complaints
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it has received more than 4,500 complaints relating to COVID-19 since the first UK case was confirmed.
IOSH magazine reports that the body is now working through the reports, received since March, with a “range of actions”.
A spokesperson for the HSE said that the organisation “remains committed to responding to any serious issues that arise, in construction or any other sector”, and that its enforcement priorities have not changed as a result of the pandemic.
“Where HSE identifies employers who are not taking action to comply with the relevant government guidance,” the spokesperson said, “we will consider taking a range of actions to improve control of workplace risks.” They added that these actions could include enforcement notices.
The HSE said it received more than 4,500 reports relating to COVID-19 between 9 March and 3 May this year, and is working through these concerns to determine what actions should be taken.