Making your business COVID secure

Risk assessment

You must carry out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Our example Risk Assessment template may prove helpful.

The basics to include are:

  • Place posters at the workplace entrance and in other areas they will be seen, to include:
    • encouraging staying at home when sick
    • cough and sneeze etiquette, and
    • hand hygiene 
  • Provide employees with tissues and waste bins, lined with a plastic bag, so they can be emptied without contacting the contents.
  • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs (containing at least 70% alcohol) in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained.
  • Place hand rubs in multiple locations and in common areas to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Instruct employees to clean their hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Provide paper towels and turn off hand dryers to prevent the spread of air borne particles.
  • Ensure employees keep at least 2 meters away from each other, where possible.
  • Move workstations or designate workstations as vacant during this time.
  • Reduce the number of employees in the workplace at any one time, consider whether you can introduce shift working.
  • Provide screens to protect employees from sneezes or coughs.
  • Prop open doors so they do not have to be touched (consider your fire risk assessment if the doors are fire doors, and don't allow staff to work in an uncomfortable draft).
  • Allow employees to work from home, where possible and practical to do so. See Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) guidance for home working.
  • Make sure ventilation systems are operating properly and that windows are opened to allow fresh air into the premises.

Share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If possible, consider publishing the results on your website.

For more information on how to undertake a risk assessment go to the HSE Risk Assessment website.

 

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