BORIS Johnson has said spot checks will be carried out across offices and building sites to ensure they are safe for workers.

The PM also told MPs that workers can report their companies if they don't feel safe at work as the UK's coronavirus lockdown eases.

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The Prime Minister appeared at the House of Commons after the government's 50-page blueprint on lifting the lockdown was published.

Mr Johnson told Parliament the Health and Safety Executive will enforce good practice with spot inspections carried out to safeguard returning staff during the Covid-19 crisis.

The PM told the Commons: "We are going to insist that businesses are going to look after their workers.

"We will be having spot inspections to make sure businesses are keeping employees safe."

The government's coronavirus guidance for England tells employees firms should "discuss the workplace risk assessment with you to identify the practical ways of managing those risks".


But staff with concerns that not all "practical steps" are being taken to promote social distancing can report companies to their local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Local authorities and the HSE "can take a range of action, including where appropriate requiring your employer to take additional steps", the government says,

Firms have rolled out new safety measures including plastic screens, extra hand washing facilities and one-way systems to stop workers coming within two metres of one another.

The PM today published the plan to get the country back to school and work without risking a huge second wave of infections as the death toll topped 32,000.

Last night he gave a statement outlining the three stages of his plan, and today's document features some of the small print.

Mr Johnson said this afternoon he would be publishing the guidance for businesses today, and for transport tomorrow.

The PM said: "If everyone stays alert and follows the rules, we can control the virus, keep the rate of infection down and the keep number of infections down.

"And this Mr Speaker is how we can continue to save lives, and livelihoods, as we begin to recover from coronavirus."

In a foreword to the document, he said: "This document sets out a plan to rebuild the UK for a world with COVID-19.

It is not a quick return to 'normality.' Nor does it lay out an easy answer.

"It is not a quick return to 'normality.' Nor does it lay out an easy answer.

"And, inevitably, parts of this plan will adapt as we learn more about the virus.

"But it is a plan that should give the people of the United Kingdom hope.

"Hope that we can rebuild; hope that we can save lives; hope that we can safeguard livelihoods."

The documents today revealed that the Government want primary schools in England to go back for at least a month before the school holidays.

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