Statutory inspections during COVID-19 – Director’s briefing

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a range of challenges for businesses with many restrictions on normal operations. This may include difficulty of getting support from contractors in carrying out statutory inspections, examinations and test of plant and equipment or the need to close premises.

Failure to carry out a statutory inspection, examination and test would be a breach of legislation, which could lead to a range of potential enforcement actions including prosecution, although some requirements will not apply when premises are not in use.

However, failure to maintain some systems, particularly fire sprinkler systems and detection systems may invalidate the insurance for the premises even if the premises are not in use.

This guide includes:

  • Key points;
  • Legal Duties;
  • Case law.

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