Beware scam HSE email offering guidelines on COVID-19 spot check

Businesses  should be aware of a scam email which is being circulated. The email is signed by someone identified as Mark J. Burrows, is targeting UK businesses, and claims that the HSE will soon be visiting the email recipient’s premises for a COVID-19 check. The email urges the recipient to follow the guidance provided through a link in the email.

Example email which was received by a client.

Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure.

We are making calls so we can give expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers, customers and visitors. We are also working closely with local authorities, assisting them in the sectors they regulate such as hospitality and retail.

By calling and visiting premises and speaking directly to employers, we can check the measures they’ve put in place are in line with government guidance.

Inspectors will make COVID-secure checks as part of their normal role in visiting workplaces during the pandemic. To ensure we reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and support the core work of our inspectors, we are working with trained and approved partners to deliver the spot check calls and visits.

We are planning to visit (spot check) your premises:  9 AM, 19/03/2021

Please follow the guidance to find the required documents. This is legal requirement.

Yours sincerely,

Mark J. Burrows

HSE Manager
telephone: 0300 790 6787
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm

Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS

If you get this email, please delete it. Do not click on the attachments. If you belong to an organisation with multiple employees, please ensure all of them are aware of this type of email scam, and that they understand the risks associated with downloading files that they were directed to after receiving unexpected or unsolicited emails.

If you would like an audit, contact us.

Contact us if you require further information.


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