Re-opening Pubs/Restaurants and Shops
Certain business sectors are now allowed to re-open provided that the appropriate Government guidance is followed. A crucial part of this process is for workplaces to be risk assessed so that the safest possible environment can be created for staff and customers coming back to the premises.
Risk Assessment Forms for Shops and Pubs/Restaurants (Worked Examples)
New Worked Example Risk Assessment Forms for Shops and Pubs/Restaurants are now available. These worked examples are designed to help assessors get started when they carry out a risk assessment for their particular shop, pub or restaurant and should only be used as a guide/hints list when applying the COVID-19 Return to Work Blank Risk Assessment Form to their own particular retail premises. The idea of these worked examples is to prompt the identification of hazards, those at risk, controls undertaken and further actions.
The Shop Risk Assessment Form (Worked Example) considers a hypothetical shop set-up: a medium sized shop with a front entrance and exit, a back office, a storeroom, a small kitchen and a toilet.
The Pub/Restaurant Risk Assessment Form (Worked Example) is based on a hypothetical restaurant/pub set-up: a pub/restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas, main and side entrances/exits, providing for drink and food consumption at the venue, and also takeaway and delivery services. The venue has its own car parking area. The business has a booking/reservation system in place. The scope of this example will also assist cafés, bars and similar environments where food and drink is purchased and consumed at the venue (indoor or outdoor) or offered for takeaway or delivery.
Carrying out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment
Carrying out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment is one of the 5 steps the Government has stipulated as necessary in order to manage the risk of the spread of coronavirus and the safety of staff returning to work and customers returning to the premises. For full details of these 5 steps please click here .
The risk assessment templates include a Return to Work Covid-19 Blank Risk Assessment Form template for writing in your risk assessment findings: the hazards you have identified; the existing controls; the further measures and actions required and when they have been completed.
It is imperative that any risk assessment is specific to each business, location, department and staff member and that all measures, controls and actions 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.
The Government has advised that all business with 50 employees or more must share the completed COVID-19 risk assessment forms with their workforce, but it is recommended that all employers should do so, even if they have less than 50 employees.
These documents are also available in the Employment folder of document templates.
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