Despite promises from the government of spot checks in every workplace to ensure safety, the Health and Safety Executive is not actually able currently to carry out physical checks.
HSE paused physical checks in March and hasn’t restarted them as it can’t guarantee the safety of its own staff. There is also a huge funding shortage due to a decade of cuts meaning HSE is short-staffed.
As a result it is thought that many spot checks will take place over the phone. Read more