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Risk Assessment during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

This HSE advice is up to date following the removal of some restrictions in England. The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Employers must protect people from harm. This includes doing a risk assessment to decide what reasonable steps you need to take to protect your workers and others from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A generic risk assessment is unlikely to be specific or detailed enough. For example, it might not identify adequate ventilation requirements or sufficient cleaning controls for particular areas and circumstances.

The risk assessment should reflect the public health regulations and guidelines for the nation you are in.

The risk assessment must:

  • Identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Think about who could be at risk – this could include workers, visitors, contractors and delivery drivers.

  • Decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed.

  • Identify the controls needed to reduce the risk.

If you have fewer than five employees you don't have to write anything down, but it might be helpful to do so.

The risk to groups of workers who are particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be considered and controls put in place to reduce that risk.

Talking to workers about measures being considered is important. Monitoring and supervision should be put in place to make sure the controls are working as expected.

The guidance goes on to cover controlling the risks and outlines other measures to help reduce workplace transmission. It is available here.

HSE July 2021

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