COVID-19 risk assessment—worked example

The following Risk & Compliance precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • COVID-19 risk assessment—worked example

COVID-19 risk assessment—worked example

1. Risk assessment details

Company name[Insert name]
Type of workplace/premises[Insert, eg Open-plan office workplace]
Persons potentially at riskAll staff including temporary staff, contractors and freelancers
Customers, visitors, delivery workers, cleaning, maintenance and other contractors
Date of assessment[Insert date]
Person(s) conducting assessment[Insert name(s) and status]
Person signing-off assessment[Insert name(s) and status, eg Managing director]
Consultation with employees[Insert details of employee consultation on risk assessment]
Consideration of reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities[State what steps you have taken to ensure that reasonable adjustments have been taken for workers with disabilities, including hidden disabilities that are not immediately obvious]
Date of next assessment[Insert date assessment will be reviewed]

2. Risk assessment

According to government guidance, the main way of spreading COVID-19 is through close contact with an infected person, particularly breathing in droplets and aerosols. Surfaces and belongings can also be contaminated with COVID-19. This risk assessment takes account of both potential sources of risk.

Source of potential hazardPotential hazards identifiedControls in placeAdditional controls required
LegionellaPeriod (lockdown) during which water temperature checks and flushing of water systems were not carried outStatutory checks have been undertaken by competent persons
Regime of checks now reinstated
Temperature, ventilation and air-conditioning systemsCold temperature allows virus to survive
Viruses spread by airborne droplets
Risk exacerbated in poorly ventilated spaces
Assessment undertaken to identify poorly ventilated areas (lifts, bathrooms, showers and

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