Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care building-based day services - guidance

Guidance is designed to support safe re-opening and delivery of building-based day services for adults.

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Individual service risk assessments and sign-off

Decisions regarding the operation of services must be made at a local level. Services should undertake risk assessments, bringing in the local authority and local oversight teams if required. 

Each individual service must tailor procedures to their own particular setting and circumstances, and to the circumstances, needs and choices of each person and family they support. This also means looking at the individual circumstances of each venue. The advice in this guidance should be used to help services with considering and developing their procedures and risk assessment. 

Risk assessments of all building-based day service settings must take place to ensure that relevant health and safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and Occupiers’ Liability Act and any other legal obligations governing these matters are is fully adhered to. Legislation can often be updated, and at short notice, so whilst links in this document are provided to relevant legislation, and other guidance, anyone using these guidance so ensure they are considering up to date legislation and seek independent advice as needed.

Consideration needs to be given to cleaning regimes, utilities, water quality, fire safety, security, cyber security, ventilation and other practices which will help to ensure safety at work for employees, contractors and other building users.

If regular statutory building/property maintenance or testing was due to take place during a closure and has not been undertaken, then it must be carried out before the building is re-opened as the Health and Safety Executive will expect 100% compliance.

Service risk assessments are expected to consider all risks identified in respect of COVID-19 so that measures can be put in place to control those risks for everyone, and must take account of the relevant guidance from Health Protection Scotland, as above.

Staff and staff representatives such as trade unions should be included in the development of service risk assessments. Where there are local disabled people organisations, carer organisations or similar bodies, they should be consulted where possible.

Services are strongly encouraged to involve staff, those who use the service and unpaid carers in the development of plans and in any subsequent reviews which should take place on a regular basis, or when any significant change is required.

Further guidance is available from Public Health Scotland and our safer workplaces and public settings guidance.

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