E-Mail Scam Health, Safety Spot Shecks and Inspections During COVID-19

Unfortunately during the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of cyber crime and scams have been increasing, as well as finding new ways to target small business owners.

One of the latest scams relates to COVID-19 spot checks.  We understand that a scam email is sent alleging to be from the Health and Safety Executive asking you to click on a link to ‘find the required guidance documents.

Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation, please call 0300 790 6896.

When an HSE inspector calls:

•  Whilst HSE inspectors have the authority to enter your workplace, they must still follow the government’s code of practice on entering businesses.

•  In all cases local access and security procedures must be properly followed.

•  The HSE can be contacted on 0300 790 6896 if you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation is legitimate.

You can find out more via the HSE website by clicking here.

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