It has been reported that analysis of official figures has shown that:
These reports emphasise the health and safety obligations on employers and the duty of care owed to staff. To protect public health and comply with government guidance, it is imperative for employers to ensure that sufficient focus has been given to the specific health and safety obligations arising in the context of the pandemic. Not only will this help to protect organisations from the potential risk of claims, it could also help to avoid possible reputational damage. The HSE have the power to carry out investigations and 'name and shame' employers who are not complying, as well as to take enforcement action against businesses, senior managers and directors where there have been breaches.
Employers should be mindful of the ever-changing landscape and evolving risks attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should consider the following points when assessing whether they are taking adequate measures to comply with their health and safety obligations, protect staff and avoid COVID-19 outbreaks, as well as reduce the risks of potential tribunal claims:
For more information on whether your workplace has taken appropriate health and safety measures, please contact Siân James in our Employment Law team on 07468 698 971, or complete the form below.