Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Is your business COVID-secure?

We are working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact businesses in West Lancashire to check they have COVID-secure measures in place and to help tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) in the local area.

We are also working alongside local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in confirmed coronavirus cases in the area.

During the checks, advice and guidance is provided on managing risk and protecting workers, customers and visitors, but where some businesses are not managing this, we will take action.

This can range from the provision of specific advice to ensure businesses are following the rules, issuing enforcement notices, and stopping certain work practices until they are made safe.

Being COVID-secure means that businesses need to put adjustments in place to manage the risk and protect workers and others from coronavirus. For further information on how to manage the risk of coronavirus in different business sectors please read the government guidance.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “We are talking to local businesses, and visiting and inspecting sites in and around West Lancashire to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity.

“Becoming COVID-secure needs to be the priority for all businesses in West Lancashire. We advise employers to work with their employees when implementing changes, to help increase confidence with workers, customers and the local community.”

All businesses are in scope for spot checks which means businesses of any size, in any sector can receive an unannounced check to ensure they are COVID-secure. By making sure that businesses have measures in place to manage the risks, we can benefit the health of the local community as well as support the local and national UK economy.

Lateral flow testing of staff organised via West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council as part of the regional COVID-19 response has also been helpful to local businesses.

Stephen Shields, Technical Director at Huntapac Produce, said: "Our numbers have been very low and in January we had on-site mass testing completed by the military. Since then we have been trained to administer our own testing regime and we have completed over 2000 lateral flow tests.
 
"Overall we have found the process to be a positive to our business. Although we are not complacent this also provides confidence in the Covid controls the business has in place."

Paul Quick, Glaston Compressor Services Ltd General Manager, said: "Staff do have greater confidence, in particular the engineers being out on the road. We are also being asked by a growing number of customers, to provide evidence of a negative test result within a certain number of number of days before a visit and we can show that to them now."

We are encouraging businesses to sign up to onsite lateral flow testing and more information can be found on community lateral flow testing.