Most workplaces are now allowed to re-open, however, employers are still required to undertake a risk assessment to say they have done as much as it is reasonably practicable to make them “COVID Secure”.
The government, in conjunction with the HSE, business leaders and unions have produced detailed guidance for the businesses. Each business area has its own guidance document, giving advice on the things they need to consider when completing their COVID-19 risk assessment. These can be found here.
As with most Health & Safety requirements, having input from various people within your organisation is very important. Likewise having a fresh pair of eyes with experience in various work sectors can be helpful too. Now the government is encouraging people to return to the workplace it is even more important to complete the COVID Secure Risk assessment.
The link above gives good guidance on what employers can do to make their site COVID Secure, but it is also worth ensuring that businesses take a pragmatic approach:
The employer needs to ensure that there is:
Here at Line Business Services we have a team of consultants that have experience across a very wide range of business sectors. Our consultants can work with you to assist in the undertaking of the COVID-19 risk assessment. This will give you as the employer, your employees, and customers the confidence that this risk assessment has been done correctly and has been independently reviewed.