COVID-19 Return to Work Charity Shop Example Risk Assessment Form
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 face masks.
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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