HSE and Council team up to ensure businesses are COVID-secure

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Sevenoaks District Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to make sure local businesses are taking action to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

Becoming COVID-secure is now a legal duty for businesses. This means taking reasonable steps to control the risks of spreading the virus to protect workers, customers and visitors.

From this week (12 October 2020) the HSE will call hundreds of businesses throughout the Sevenoaks District asking about the Coronavirus precautions they have in place.

If businesses need help or there are concerns, Environmental Health officers from Sevenoaks District Council will visit them at a later date. Council staff will offer practical advice and guidance, but in the unlikely event there are serious concerns or a business refuses to take action, the Council could stop certain work activities until they are made safe.

Cllr Margot McArthur, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, says: “Being COVID-secure is good for business and good for our community. So throughout the next few weeks, we will be working closely with the HSE to make sure local businesses are doing their bit to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We want to do everything possible to support our local businesses during these challenging times. Making sure they have adequate plans in place to keep everyone safe from Coronavirus is an important part of this work.” Businesses can view the Government guidance on safe working at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19