Overall Risk Rating: = Likelihood (2) x Severity (4) = 8 Low level risk


Activity/Action being assessed:

COVID 19 in the workplace

Description of Activity

The assessment of measures in line with published government guidance taken
within the workplace to protect against Covid -19 which is a new illness that
can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called
Coronavirus. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.


Manufacturing unit, Offices, Toolroom, Warehouse and Maintenance


14th May 2020 v1

Reference Number:



Activity- what could happen/Hazard

Who might be Harmed

Control Measures

Additional Control Measures



Risk Factor

Spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus




Visitors to your premises

Vulnerable groups those with existing underlying health conditions

Anyone else who physically comes on to the premises.

Hand Washing

 Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.

Drying of hands with disposable paper towels and hand dryers.


Gel sanitisers are readily available in addition to existing washing facilities.

 Staff classified as especially vulnerable to COVID-19 will be advised to continue shielding measures.


 Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, light switches, reception area using appropriate cleaning products and methods.

Social Distancing

The company will take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff by the following means:

Reducing the number of persons in any work area to comply with the 2-metre (6.5 foot) gap recommended by the Public Health England.

Work schedules reviewed including start & finish times/shift patterns, working from home etc. to reduce number of workers on site at any one time.


Site access points limited to enable social distancing and reduce congestion at shift change over.

 Conference calls to be used instead of face to face meetings.

 Drivers should remain in their vehicles if the load will allow it and must wash or clean their hands before unloading goods and
materials. .



All contractors entering the site are briefed on the requirements prior to work commencing.

 Social distancing to be adhered to in canteen area and smoking area. Tables should be cleaned between each use.

 The workforce is encouraged to stay on site once they
have entered it and not use local shops.


Where RPE/PPE is a requirement as detailed within the company’s risk assessments the company provides a selection of masks






Wearing of Gloves

Where Risk Assessment identifies wearing of gloves as a requirement of the job, an adequate supply of these is available.



Employees are reminded on a regular basis to wash their hands for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance of proper drying with disposable towels and hand dryers. Also reminded to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.

 Staff are encouraged to report any problems.

 Posters, are displayed to remind all persons of the necessity of good hygiene.

 Daily cleaning of all areas must be carried out. 

All areas used for eating are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis and sanitizing wipes are available to wipe surfaces down after use

Toilets are thoroughly cleaned each day.

Staff to be reminded on a daily  basis of the importance of social distancing both in the workplace and outside of it.

Manufacturing areas are allocated so as to ensure social distancing can be achieved across the shop floor.

Appropriate signage has been posted to remind all staff of the need for social distancing.

On entrance to common areas floor tape is used to mark areas to help workers
keep to a 2m distance.

.Where social distancing for certain tasks is not possible then the company will endeavour to reduce the activity time involved to as short as possible. In these situations, RPE or face coverings are mandatory and increasing the frequency of hand washing.



















Masks are available for staff in areas where the relevant risk assessment does not identify the need for specific RPE but wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The use and supply of masks is dependant upon availability from the supplier.




Staff to be reminded that wearing of gloves is not a substitute for good hand washing.







The following method of
calculation has been employed to calculate the risk rating.

Risk Rating = Likelihood x Severity (1 to 5 scale)

0 – 8 = Low – No additional control measures are required,
but controls should be monitored to ensure that they are maintained

9 – 12 =
– Efforts should be made to reduce the risk
further as far as is reasonably practicable.

15 – 25 = High
Activity should not be started until additional control measures are put in
place to reduce the risk.




1 = Very unlikely


1 = First aid injury or illness

2 = Unlikely


2 = Minor injury or illness

3 = Likely


3 = “3 day” injury or illness

4 = Very likely


4 = Major injury or illness

5 = Almost certain


5 = Fatality, disabling injury etc.


The overall risk rating
for this activity is assumed to be the highest rating of the individual hazards
identified above.


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