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Covid-safety in the workplace: Work and Pensions Committee to question HSE and others

15 March 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee is to question the Health and Safety Executive, along with representatives of trade unions and the manufacturing and construction industries, on the HSE’s approach to safety in the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.

Purpose of the session

HSE Chief Executive Sarah Albon will appear alongside the organisation's chief scientific adviser and the head of public health at Public Health England, to answer questions about HSE’s approach to enforcing coronavirus regulations in the workplace, as well as questions about the level of funding HSE receives and about the recording of infection rates.

Before questioning the HSE, the Committee will hear from Make UK and Build UK on the challenges faced by their sectors during the pandemic and their views on the performance of HSE. MPs will also have a chance to question the TUC and Prospect on the role of trade unions and the approach of employers during the last year.

The meeting is also likely to examine the implications for workplace safety of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The Committee previously held a session with the HSE in May and over the last year has written to the executive and other responsible organisations several times with questions about safety in the workplace during the pandemic.


Wednesday 17 March

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive, Build UK
  • Verity Davidge, Director of Central Policy, Make UK

Panel 2

  • Mike Clancy, General Secretary, Prospect
  • Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
  • Samantha Peace, Director of Field Operations at Health and Safety Executive

Panel 3

  • Sarah Albon, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive
  • Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser, Health and Safety Executive
  • Samantha Peace, Director of Field Operations, Health and Safety Executive
  • Professor John Simpson, Head of Public Health, Guidance and Expertise Covid 19 Response, Public Health England

Further information

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