The Safe to Trade Scheme is a one stop shop to help businesses interpret and implement COVID-19 legal and best practice requirements. It provides a clear standard for sites to work to, online and telephone support, routine monitoring and independent verification so that businesses can confidently demonstrate their COVID-19 compliance to customers, employees and regulators.
Regulated by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Safe To Trade Scheme provides nationwide Assured Advice through Shield Safety Group’s Primary Authority Coordinated Partnership with Milton Keynes Council. Members of the scheme can be confident their business is complying with the law and will receive protection from COVID-19 related enforcement action. This is very important when regulators have different views on what a business should be doing to achieve compliance.
Provided that the business follows the Assured Advice they’ve been given, they should not face enforcement action from an enforcing authority that has a different view on whether compliance is being achieved. An enforcing authority has to establish that your business hasn’t followed its Primary Authority Advice before it can take enforcement action against you. In most circumstances, the Primary Authority must be notified before enforcement action can be taken and they can block the action if it conflicts with Assured Advice.