HSE is targeting workplaces across Bolton and Trafford with spot inspections to ensure they are following Covid-secure guidelines following a rise in coronavirus cases in the area.
HSE says inspectors will be helping firms to protect workers by issuing advice and guidance, but says, where this is not happening, HSE will take action.
To date, HSE has issued 2,203 verbal warnings, 467 letters and 79 enforcement notices.
An HSE spokesperson said: “Those that we are finding need to do more are in the main bringing up their standards after further guidance and support from HSE.
"The action we’ve taken so far, in a minority of cases, relates to social distancing and cleaning regimes.”
Inspectors will be looking for businesses to have done a Covid-19 risk assessment, increased its cleaning and hand washing procedures and ensured staff can maintain two metres’ social distancing where possible.
Bolton has the highest number of cases in the UK at 189.9 per 100,000 people as of 14 September. Trafford is also subject to local lockdown measures.
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