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Weekly Digest: Preparing your Business for the end of the UK Transition Period

Thursday 12th November 2020

This bulletin has been provided to us by the HSE.

This week's digest contains information on any actions your business will need to take ahead of the UK transition period ending on 31 December.

There are also details and advice around COVID-19 spot checks and inspections, downloads for the construction industry, news of recent enforcement action taken by HSE and links to our latest job vacancies.

For all the latest updates visit our website.

Spot checks and inspections continuing during coronavirus pandemic

HSE is continuing to conduct spot checks and inspections on workplaces.

We are carrying out spot checks by calling and visiting workplaces, often unannounced, putting employers on the spot to make sure they are following government guidelines on being COVID-secure.

In order to reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and to support the core work of our inspectors, we are working with trained and approved partners to deliver the spot check calls and visits.

Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify who it is calling you or the officer at your door is working for HSE, please call 0300 790 6896.

HSE is supporting businesses proving advice and guidance on how to manage the risks posed by the virus in the workplace. Most of the checks HSE undertakes indicate that businesses are making workplace adjustments in line with the recommended COVID-secure guidance.

Visit our website for more details on spot checks and inspections, as well as guidance on being COVID-secure.

For all the latest information and advice on health and safety during the pandemic, please visit our coronavirus website.

Changes ahead as the transition period ends: Act now

The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start in January 2021.

The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and will not be extended. While the government continues to negotiate with the EU, there are actions your business can take now.

There is specific guidance on chemicals and equipment and machinery.

HSE will also be hosting a series of podcasts in the coming weeks to provide more information on the changes to how chemicals will be regulated from 1 January 2021. Subscribe here for free access.

You can also stay up to date with the latest developments by signing up to receive a weekly email bulletin from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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