Would your premises pass the HSE’s Covid-Secure checks?

Would your premises pass the HSE’s Covid-Secure checks?

With Boris Johnson’s roadmap to reopening now underway, now is the ideal time to plan ahead and to ensure businesses have the safety measures and processes in place in readiness for HSE inspections and ready to welcome staff and customers again.

Spot checks and telephone interviews

The HSE, the independent health and safety regulator responsible for safety at work in the UK, is carrying out spot checks to ensure that businesses are Covid-secure, and is also carrying out telephone interviews with firms to ask about their Covid security measures.

It has the power to take enforcement action against businesses as well as individuals, including senior managers and directors should a breach be found.

Jeff Cox, owner of Euro Moulding 3D Solutions, invented a Hands Free Handle during lockdown One. He also runs a serviced business centre in Bristol and one of the reasons he invented the Hands Free Handle, called the AV Arm Pull Handle, was to keep his own serviced office clients and centre staff safe.

Interior and exterior door handles

The Hands Free Handle is now in production and suitable for exterior and interior door which have a pull handle, including kitchens, toilets and stairwells. It’s suitable for pull handles between 19-22mm Diameter (handy measuring guide is available on the website!)

He says, “To my mind every responsible business should be purchasing one of these for their pull handle doors. I have deliberately kept the price as low as possible at just £13.95 ex VAT with reductions for larger quantities, as I believe this is a genuine contribution to combatting be Covid pandemic.

“We have not yet had an in-person visit from the HSE team but when they rang to ask about our Covid-measures at New World Business Centre in Bristol, they were very very impressed when we told them about our Hands Free Handles.”

Employers’ duty to ensure workplace safety

It is the employers’ duty to ensure workplace safety and failing to take care of the health and safety of employees could breach employers’ express duties under health and safety legislation.

Workplaces which have not taken full Covid secure measures risk spreading Covid throughout employees and visitors, causing a public health risk, absenteeism and impacting productivity.

For the firm it could lead to investigations, enforcement notices and prosecutions.

Additional risks from new Covid variants

Increased risks posed by new fast spreading strains of the virus and potential increased infections as the UK reopens means taking robust, sustainable measures to combat this virus as well as the likes of flu virus and bacteria is an essential risk-reduction measure.

About the AV Arm Pull Handle

The AV Arm Pull Handle is designed by Euro Moulding 3D Solutions based in New World Business Centre in Warmley, Bristol. It provides specialist services to industries including architecture, automotive, medical and aerospace. Services include design and simulations using 3D CAD modelling, vacuum forming, complex injection moulding, rapid prototyping, 3D printing and tooling.

Websites: www.handsfreehandle.co.uk or https://em3ds.com


Would your premises pass the HSE’s Covid-Secure checks?