Employers who have control of premises should take into account that scheduled inspections need to continue.
So what might this be?
- Control of legionella bacteria in cold and hot water systems.
- Fire safety systems checks and inspection, for example sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, alarm systems, emergency lighting etc.
- Lifting operations and lifting equipment.
- Pressure systems safety, inspections and examinations.
- Local exhaust ventillation systems examiniations and tests.
Gas appliances and boiler systems, can be applicable in in catering settings and tenanted premises.
This is not an exhaustive list so employers and business must seek input from their source of competent advice and not rely soley on this list. They must also check for furthr guidance on www.hse.gov.uk
Safety Responsibility of Owners and Controllers of Premises Owners during COVID-19
Considering that owners of buildings or in control of premises have responsibility to ensure risk assessments are reviewed in light of COVID-19, controls they have in place should include the following scheduled checks and inpsections continue.
Employers should also remember that they have general duties under Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably
practicable, the health and safety of their employees or any persons not in their employment who may be affected by their undertaking. There are also duties under Section 4 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the premises, all means of access and egress and any lant or substances within the premises are safe without risk to health.
These requirements set a goal to be achieved and it
is for the organisation or duty holder to demonstrate
that they have done everything that was reasonably
practicable to achieve this. Often this will be by following gidance set out by the HSE, industry or manufacturers.