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COVID-19 workplace risk assessments

Information on carrying out workplace risk assessments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

A risk assessment is a systematic method of looking at how work activities could increase the risk of your employees being exposed to or spreading COVID-19 while at work and deciding on suitable control measures.

These control measures should seek to eliminate, reduce or control the risks of transmission to employees and others.

You should involve employees in the risk assessment process and consult them to reach joint solutions for managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace.

To assess these risks you need to follow the same steps on the links below.

  1. Identifying hazards and evaluating risks
  2. Deciding on precautions
  3. Recording findings and implementing them
  4. Reviewing assessments and updating if necessary

1. Identifying hazards and evaluating risks

Identify hazards and who might be harmed

You need to have a good understanding of how the virus transmits to be able to identify areas of concern within your organisation. This includes how it transmits between individuals (respiratory droplets) and contact routes.

If you need to read general information about the virus go to NHS inform.  You should be aware of who within your workforce need to shield and follow advice from the Scottish Government.

Evaluating the risks

When considering the risks from the virus, you should assess

  • the likelihood of it occurring
  • how severe its consequences might be.

This will allow you to prioritise your actions and ensure your resources are being used where they are most needed. 

You should consider the following

  • maintain physical distance in the workplace
  • if you are not able to maintain physical distancing rules whilst working, you should consider whether the activity should continue
  • if the activity continues you need to introduce control measures to minimise transmission
  • remember to keep managing other health and safety risks related to your activities
  • ensure that by introducing new control measures you are not introducing new risks, and if so, you manage them appropriately.