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HSE outsources site checking to two service providers

27 January 2021

Contracts have been signed between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and two companies to boost its capacity to conduct site inspections.

Worth a total of £7m, the funding has been provided by an additional sum awarded by the government last year to help the HSE cope with the demands of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It is now working with debt-collection companies Engage (Marston Holdings) and CDER, after the contracts were awarded at the end of 2020.

Staff from the two companies are serving as spot-check support officers and have been issued with letters to confirm they have been authorised to perform these duties.

The HSE introduced spot checks by phone calls last year and its outsourcing move is the first time it has employed external contractors to assist in its on-site inspection duties.

In announcing the move, the HSE said its contribution to reducing Covid-19 transmissions and supporting economic recovery "has been widely recognised".

It further stated that the use of the spot-check support officers will assist in increasing the number of visits conducted "significantly", as well as allowing HSE staff to focus on more demanding Covid-19-related tasks, including reported concerns and incidents.

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