Health and safety at work
The enforcement of health and safety legislation is split between the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), local authorities (LAs), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and fire authorities (FAs). In general:
LAs cover shops, warehouses, offices, hotels and catering, sports, leisure, consumer services, (e.g. laundrettes, hairdressers, undertakers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust fitters) and churches
The HSE covers factories, building and construction sites, mines and quarries, farms, fairgrounds, railways, public sector organisations, chemical plants, offshore and nuclear installations
The CQC regulates healthcare services, including hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, clinics, mental health services and other registered locations, including dental and GP practices
FAs enforce fire safety provisions in most workplaces
In this section you can find out about specific duties and responsibilities that you may have towards your employees, customers and members of the public, and how we apply health and safety legislation.
On the 22 February 2021 the Government announced the roadmap out of the national lockdown. The ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England document that can be found here: Gov.Uk.
The plan is made up of four parts, with the first part focusing on the reopening of schools and colleges, which began on 8 March 2021.
The next stage of the roadmap will begin on 29 March 2021 with outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, being allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021. No. 364) have been laid. These regulations will come into force on 29 March 2021 and will replace the current The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.
The ‘Steps Regulations’ detail the restrictions that will be in place through the various stages of the roadmap. They also amend several other Regulations, including:
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020
From the 30 December 2020 the principal Regulations have now been amended by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 1654) to impose new restrictions on gatherings and on businesses in England. Newcastle and the North East are now placed within Tier 4. The restrictions on businesses include the closure of certain businesses.
For further information go to: Gov.uk
These Regulations require certain undertakings in the hospitality industry, to take measures to ensure that their customers follow the rules on social distancing.
These regulations impose a number of obligations on relevant persons, in order to protect against the risks arising from coronavirus. The main obligations are as follows.
Regulation 5 provides who the regulations apply to, in particular to a relevant person (as defined in regulation 4) who occupies relevant premises (also as defined in regulation 4). The regulation makes clear that where relevant premises are hired or used by more than one relevant person on a temporary basis, any obligations under the regulations will apply to that person for the time during which they hire or use the premises.
Regulation 6 provides that relevant persons must display and make available a QR code at relevant premises they occupy or operate to enable certain individuals who seek to enter the premises (in the circumstances in regulation 9) to scan that QR code.
Regulation 7 provides the requirement to request certain details (as set out in regulation 10), where an individual seeks to enter relevant premises (in a case set out in regulation 9), unless that individual is under 16 or has a mental or physical disability that means they are unable to provide the details.
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 such that employees and other persons providing services in public houses will be required to wear face coverings when they are in close proximity to members of the public unless they are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 to include theatres, restaurants, bars and public houses in the scope of the “relevant places” where members of the public are required to wear face coverings, except for in some limited cases such as when it is reasonably necessary for a person to remove their face covering to eat or drink.
They also require employees and other persons providing services in certain “relevant places”, including in shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and public houses to wear face coverings when they are in close proximity to members of the public unless they are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 791). The Regulations require members of the public to wear face coverings whilst inside a relevant place specified in the Regulations, except in certain limited cases, from Friday 24 July.
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For further information contact:
Newcastle City Council, Commercial Team, Public Safety and Regulation, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
Telephone: 0191 278 7878
Health & Safety Executive, Alnwick House, Benton Park View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1YX. Telephone 0191 202 6200
Care Quality Commission, National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA. Telephone 03000 616161
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Nissan Way, Washington, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3QY. Telephone 0191 444 1589