As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes doing a risk assessment, in consultation with your workforce, to decide what reasonable steps you need to take to protect your workers and others from COVID-19.
Risk assessments are used to identify what measures are needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work and can be used to eliminate/mitigate risks, adapt workplaces to individual needs and ensure adequate staff training around processes to manage the risk.
The Risk assessment - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (hse.gov.uk) guidance sets out further detail on risk assessment and duties as an employer.
Employers should continue to conduct individual risk assessments in consultation with the individual worker where necessary. We have published guidance about individual risk assessments for staff across all industries.
Further advice and guidance is available from the following organisations:
- the Health and Safety Executive - what to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment provides a useful template to help you undertake your own COVID-19 risk assessment
- for workplaces without union representation, union health and safety representatives are available upon request to support the development of workplace risk assessments
- Healthy Working Lives has published a return to work tool-kit to help you plan for staff returning to the workplace
- Scottish Hazards can provide health and safety advice
Businesses and employers should regularly review emergency protocols as part of their risk assessments and ensure employees are aware of these.
Supporting workers on the highest risk list
Advice is available for people on the highest risk list (previously known as the shielding list) about how to keep yourself safe at work.
Compliance self-assessment tool
We have developed a voluntary tool to help businesses and workplaces to undertake a regular self-assessment of the measures you have in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace.