4 June 2020
Example risk assessment template shows Northern Ireland businesses the approach expected by the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) for COVID-19 in the workplace
HSENI has produced an example risk assessment template which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace.
Carry out an effective risk assessment
Businesses should use it as a guide to think about the:
- additional hazard that COVID 19 introduces into your business
- steps you need to take to control the risks
Don't just copy it and put your company name to it as that would not satisfy the law - and would not protect your employees. A risk assessment is only effective if you and your staff act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
Ensure your risk assessment meets your business needs
Every business is different - you need to think about the hazards and control measures your business needs to take to keep workers safe and healthy. The control measures you adopt may have to be different from those in the example to meet the particular conditions in your workplace.
You should ensure that you follow the latest advice from the Public Health Agency and incorporate this information into your risk assessment.
First published 4 June 2020