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 incorporate the Scottish Governments precautionary measures and good practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and 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.
You need to have a good understanding of how the virus transmits to be able to identify areas of concern within your organisation.
Evidence suggests that transmission of COVID-19 occurs mainly through close contact with an infectious individual. There are two routes by which this can occur:
Close contact with others (particularly indoors) represents a higher risk of transmission, therefore, it’s important to provide good ventilation and consider keeping a reasonable safe distance from others, meeting outside where possible.
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When considering the risks from the virus, you should assess:
This will allow you to prioritise your actions and ensure your resources are being used where they are most needed.
The likelihood will be affected by the precautions you and your workers are taking and the prevalence of the virus in your local community.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team