This guidance comes into effect when Scotland moves to beyond Level 0 on 9 August 2021.
It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers have duties under health and safety law to make sure that their workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace.
This tool should be used by a nominated individual(s) in your workplace to undertake regular self-assessment of the measures you have in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace.
This self-assessment is not mandatory however; you should be considering COVID-19 in your business-as-usual risk management plans.
This self-assessment will guide you through the necessary steps and questions workplaces should be considering. Not all of the questions may apply to your specific workplace. Please use these questions as a guide as part of your workplace risk assessment process.
This will provide assurance to your business or organisation, your staff and to regulators that all necessary mitigating measures are in place. Reducing the risks of transmission within workplaces is vital to ensure that as a country we can adequately reduce the impact on public health and boost our economic recovery.
Employers have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, in addition to the specific requirements set out in the Coronavirus Regulations.
Although most legal COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as of 9 August 2021, employers must continue to manage the risk of transmission of the virus in their workplace. This means that employers must:
- continue to take regard to the guidance
- continue to conduct and regularly review COVID-19 risk assessments as part of wider workplace risk assessment
- continue to take steps to meet existing health and safety requirements
- continue to consult the workforce on health and safety matters - talking to workers and their representatives helps reduce risks
Keeping a record
The self-assessment can be accessed and downloaded in word version on this page.
It is recommended that you keep copies of your self-assessments electronically to allow you to have a record of the measures you are taking. It will be a helpful should your workplace be subject to any compliance regulatory checks. Your local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may ask to see these and they may provide additional information for any Incident Management Team meetings in the event of a local outbreak that links your business to any positive cases.
This is not a regulatory assessment. Completion alone is not sufficient to evidence compliance with the regulations/ guidance nor will it provide a route to exemption from restrictions and closures in place as public health measures. Instead, this document should support the wider work carried out to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission in your workplace.
You should also ensure that you have accessed and understood the relevant Scottish Government guidance pertinent to your business.