This COVID-19 Return to Work Charity Shop Example Risk Assessment Form
template has been provided to help assessors get started when they carry
out a risk assessment for a charity shop. This example is looking at a
specific workplace set up, environment and facilities comprising a medium-sized charity
shop selling donated goods, with a front entrance and
exit, a back office, a storeroom, a back door, and a small kitchen and a
toilet. This document should only be used as a guide/hints list when
applying the COVID-19 Charity Return to Work Blank Risk Assessment Form to
your own charity’s retail premises.
This example form has been updated to include the
requirements of the NHS Test and Trace Service effective from 18th September 2020. From this date shops must keep records of all staff,
volunteers and contractors for 21 days. It also provides for additional use of
It is imperative that any risk assessment is specific to each charity shop
and its location and that all measures and controls are carried out and not
just recorded on the form. It is important to make sure that “you have done
enough” in your risk assessment.
This example risk assessment is designed to help a retail charity shop
complete reasonable and practicable measures and controls to enable
employees and volunteers to return to work safely and customers to return
to shop. The application of the COVID-19 risk assessment forms presume that
the hazard in respect of all these forms is the risk to employees,
volunteers, donors and shoppers (and contractors and visitors as
appropriate) of being infected by the Coronavirus within the relevant
location, the activity carried on there and the activity in connection with
the location. The persons at risk in this example are: staff and
volunteers who work at the shop or who go to donors homes to collect goods; donors of goods; shoppers; and drivers who deliver any supplies for the shop.
The “Existing Controls”, “Further Measures” and “Action Required” details
serve as hints only and may or may not apply to your charity’s retail
environment. Such controls and measures will depend entirely on your
charity’s current health & safety procedures and the steps that it has
taken (and will take) in respect of managing the risk of coronavirus
infection in a particular workplace.
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