Updated guidance on risk assessments for staff

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

We have updated our guidance for NHS organisations on how to enhance existing risk assessments for the workforce, including those staff potentially in at-risk or vulnerable groups due to their race and ethnicity, age, weight, underlying health conditions, disability or pregnancy.

The guidance aims to help employers recognise the specific risks that staff members face from exposure to COVID-19 and how to keep staff safe. Updates to the guidance include:


  • Additional context on COVID-19 and the staff groups more vulnerable to serious illness (and death).
  • How employers can support colleagues to speak up so they have a better understanding of areas of concern in the organisation.
  • Recommendations that employers should consider and implement when undertaking risk assessments.
  • Identifying those vulnerable workers potentially at risk.
  • Actions employers can take to keep staff safe, including adjustments or redeployment for any staff identified as being at greater risk.
  • Ongoing actions employers can take to mitigate risk for their workforce as they respond to COVID-19 and review of the deployment of staff from higher risk groups. 
  • Additional tools and resources employers can use to enhance and supplement their risk assessment approach.
  • NHS trust good practice examples where a robust risk assessment approach has been implemented locally in response to COVID-19. 

For more information, read the updated guidance in full. 



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