Health and safety
In aligning with the above principles and planning, this guidance does not supersede existing health and safety legislation and universities will continue to abide by these obligations, including the legal duty on employers to conduct risk assessments and engage with health and safety committees.
Employers must ensure that the risks are controlled so far as is reasonably practicable. All employers need to carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, as they would for other health and safety related hazards. This is a risk-led approach to identify and implement sensible measures to control the risks. The assessment should consider what measures need to be implemented to protect the health and safety of all staff, students, visitors and contractors. These will be influenced by site-specific factors.
Controls should be considered following the hierarchy of control approach. Outcomes should explain to others what they are required to do and help staff with planning and monitoring to ensure the controls are implemented and remain effective and are updated in the light of emerging evidence or changes in public health advice.