COVID Risk Management for Vulnerable Workers

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 09:10

the evidence...

We know from the Public Health England report Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 that some groups of people may be at more risk of being infected and/or an adverse outcome if infected. 

Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 



HSE have modified their guidance as a result: 


HSE are clear that employers have a duty to protect all workers from harm:

Employers are required to conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment which asks employers to:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus
covid transmission


  • think about who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk
Co-design and co-participation with workers / representatives remains key – design your COVID secure environment together


HSE Covid hierarchy of controls




further work...

The SAGE working group is looking at the PHE report but has not yet reached further conclusions.  The expectations however are that:

  • individual risk assessment or specific group assessments will not be required
  • no expectation of additional controls for higher risk groups
  • dutyholders must continue to apply existing controls stringently
  • the requirement is to provide risk management – not just risk assessment
  • there will be an expectation of provision of support for higher risk group




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