Following the ending of legal restrictions in England on 19th July 2021 businesses are now able to open their doors to customers, staff and contractors once again, there is an emphasis on us all taking responsibility to maintain and strengthen our resilience to this virus and the problems it causes. For businesses, this means a robust and detailed COVID-19 risk assessment. But what do you need to consider?
Risk assessments are, by their nature, detailed, giving a business an overview of the hazards presented and the level of inherent risk involved. More importantly, it affords the opportunity to determine what measures need to be put in place to mitigate these risks.
Everyone wants to avoid lockdown again and a COVID-19 risk assessment is one tool at your disposal.
What should a COVID-19 risk assessment cover?
A COVID-19 risk assessment will help to determine what measures need to be put in place to maintain a safe working environment for everyone involved.
In your risk assessment, you’ll need to consider hazards such as:
- Contracting or spreading the virus when handwashing is not adequate or not possible
- Considering contracting or spreading the virus in high traffic areas
- Contracting or spreading the virus with contaminated surfaces where cleansing is not possible, available, or adequate
- Social distancing within your workspace
- The impact of homeworking on staff
- Poor ventilation in workspaces and how this may contribute to ill health, including spreading the virus
- The increased risk of contracting the virus amongst medically vulnerable staff
- Returning to work after a prolonged period of remote working
- Travelling to and from your workplace
- Vaccination status of your employees
The key risk assessment questions
As with any risk assessment there are key questions that need to be answered:
- WHAT is the hazard?
- WHO will be affected and HOW?
- WHAT is the inherent risk?
- HOW will the risk be controlled?
- WHAT is the residual risk and are further actions required?
Everyone wants to keep this virus at bay, and we all have a part to play in preventing its spread through the population.
If you’d like our help, why not contact our team to book a Covid risk assessment consultation email@example.com to make sure you’re doing everything you can to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.