The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it is working with local authorities to inspect businesses in the transport and logistics industry to ensure they are “managing the risk” of coronavirus.
In a statement, HSE inspectors and local authority officers have confirmed that they will be
visiting warehouses and distribution centres across the country to make sure workplaces are “Covid-secure” and following the relevant guidance.
They will now be making sure that businesses have suitable toilet and handwashing facilities for all workers, including visiting drivers. The HSE has also claimed it will check other health and safety matters “if required”.
According to the HSE, being ‘Covid-secure’ means that businesses need to put in place “workplace controls” such as social distancing and cleaning arrangements to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus.
Harvey Wild, head of HSE’s transport and public services unit, said: “The logistics and distribution industry overall has seen a significant increase in business activity over the past few months and, with shops and retail centres closed, there will be a surge in online shopping in the run up to the festive period.
“As a result of this, we will see an increase in the number of agency and temporary workers in the transport and logistics sector to meet the demand. It’s important that all workers and also customers feel confident that measures are being taken to protect them from Covid-19.”
He added: “Employers have a legal duty to protect workers and others from harm and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.
“We encourage businesses to consult with their workers on the changes they put in place to become Covid-secure. This is to provide reassurance for workers and to also increase confidence in customers and the local community.”