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Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces

Guidance for businesses and workplaces - including laboratories and research facilities - on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces
Risk assessment

Risk assessments

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 ( 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

Emergency protocols

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.



First published: 6 Aug 2021 Last updated: 14 Sep 2021 -