Carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment for your workplace is not as hard as you might think. The following guide will help you approach the risk pragmatically and help you identify how COVID-19 may transmit in your workplace and what measures you may be able to use to reduce the likelihood of the virus being transmitted in your place of work.
There is a legal requirement to carry out risk assessments in general and as COVID-19 presents a risk in the workplace this must also be assessed. Along with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations impose a duty to carry out a ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessment and to reduce the risks to an acceptable level.
The image below is an example of how to start your assessment and how to approach it thinking about the ways in which COVID-19 could get into the workplace, from staff arriving at work with symptoms and how the virus could be transmitted once in the workplace along with some example control measures that may or may not be applicable for your place of work.
We looked at where and when there could be an opportunity for transmission, who is at risk and what was the likely route of transmission in each case (i.e Airborne, personal contact or through surface contact).
Once you have looked at all the possible ways in which transmission could occur, think about what you can do to reduce the likelihood or chance of the virus being passed on to other members of staff in your workplace. It is very hard, if not impossible, to eliminate COVID-19 in the workplace, therefore the objective is to make it very hard to be transmitted between staff by using all available control measures.
If you follow guidance from the UK Government at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus you will be able to provide a safe and secure place of work for your staff.
Please do get in touch with us if you feel that we can help you create a COVID Secure environment for your staff and visitors.