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Identifying Covid-19 Risks


In everyday life, employers have an obligation to protect employees from harm and during the Covid-19 pandemic, this responsibility is the same. As with other work-life risks, employers should conduct a risk assessment for Covid-19, which will help identify the associated risks and help protect your teams.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stat that organisations must:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
  • think about who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk

We already know some sections of the community are more at risk than others and this should be included in any risk assessments.

The HSE can provide more information on Managing Risk and what to include in a Covid-19 Risk Assessment. The risk assessments will help inform your decisions and what protective measures need to be put in place for staff and the results of the assessment should be shared with them.

It is also advisable to consult with Health and Safety representatives with organisation and include staff representatives in any discussions. In this way, a culture of collaboration is developed helping staff to feel included in the solutions you decide upon. It is usually the case, that those team members working in the environment, will understand what the best solutions could be. Therefore, consultation with all concerned parties will be key to success in eliminating risk.

Updated 13th November 2020

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