The Government has stipulated that 5 steps are necessary in order to manage the risk of the spread of coronavirus and to ensure the safe return of employees to the workplace; carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment is step 2.
The Blank Risk Assessment Form template can be used to identify the
general factors that cause the spread of the virus (the hazards) such as
contaminated surfaces and proximity to other people. The form covers employees/contractors/visitors who might enter the workplace premises or site
locations. It provides for controls and measures taken to manage, mitigate
or eliminate the hazards, further action to be taken and who has
responsibility for such further action with target and completion dates.
If any of your employees/contractors/visitors are vulnerable persons your risk assessment must identify that within the 'Persons at Risk' section, and the controls and measures required to provide additional protection must be included within the risk
assessment form .
It is recommended that a separate form should be applied to each separate
department within each premises/location. The department/staff section
provides details covering those people at risk.
The risk assessment element of the template is divided into 3 sections,
each formatted as a Word table:
1. Factors causing of the spread of the virus
2. Workplace Premises – identifying specific controls for different parts
of a location
3. Workplace Tasks – identifying specific controls for certain jobs within
This document is in open format which enables tables to be added or deleted, and rows/columns to be added or deleted within these tables. Please also adjust the wording
to suit your purposes.
Worked example templates for different business types are also downloadable
which may assist by prompting the identification of hazards, those at risk,
controls undertaken, further action and the results of further action. The Pub/Restaurant Example, for instance, has 4 rather than 3 sections, the additional section headed as Customer Service Areas. It is imperative that the risk assessment is specific to each business,
location and department and that all measures and controls are carried
out and not just recorded on the form.
The government has advised that all business with 50 employees or more must
share the completed COVID-19 risk assessment form with their workforce, but
it is recommended that all employers should do so, even if they have less
than 50 employees.
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