Council appoints new Covid compliance officers

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The Highland Council has appointed four dedicated Covid compliance officers to work throughout Lochaber and the rest of the Highland Council area.

Three officers are based within the local authority’s Environmental Health team and one officer within Trading Standards.

A key role for the officers will be to engage with business and to assist employers in interpreting and understanding all the relevant Covid guidance which relates to their specific business sector.

As part of their role, the officers will be responsible for visiting businesses to undertake compliance checks as the restrictions are eased in the weeks and months ahead.

Where areas of non-compliance are identified the council says it will work closely with businesses to ensure they comply and implement suitable steps to operate safely.

The officers have already undertaken more than 160 visits to food retailers, petrol filling stations and taxi companies since they have been appointed.

The council said this week it has been reassured to find that the vast majority of businesses have suitable Covid measures in place and have engaged fully with the officers in any advice that has been provided.

The council has published five Top Tips for businesses to consider as they prepare to re-open. These should be read in conjunction with any sector specific guidance published by the Scottish Government.

Alan Yates, environmental health manager, said: ‘The appointment of the Covid compliance officers will greatly assist our service in continuing to engage with local businesses as the restrictions ease and help provide reassurance to the public that business within the Highlands are operating safely.

‘They will play a key role in providing advice on the legislative requirements and Covid guidance for businesses on how they can control the risks of disease transmission and to prevent the spread of Covid-19.’