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COVID-19: Risk Assessment Reminder to Review Regularly

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The Corporate Health and Safety Unit (CHSU) would like to advise schools that all existing risk assessments should be reviewed on a regular basis due to the ever-changing Government guidance

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.  Risk assessments on EEC can be easily updated to ensure compliance for COVID-19 related issues.

It is a legal requirement that schools should revisit and update their risk assessments and build upon any learning to date to improve practices. This is now even more important as the Government issues more frequent guidance, such as tier systems and the wider national restrictions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.  Schools should consider their risk assessments as 'live documents' and, as such, be continuously reviewed to ensure compliance.  This is particularly important when issues are identified and/or changes in public health advice is given.

 

Sharing your risk assessment

Schools should share the results of their risk assessment with their workforce. If a school is publishing it on their website to provide transparency to parents, carers and pupils, it is essential that the most up to date risk assessment is available.

It is an expectation that schools have implemented the changes required due to the national restrictions as soon as practically possible, and by Monday 9 November at the latest.

CHSU will continue to offer advice and support to schools where required. 

e-mail: CHSU@somerset.gov.uk

Telephone: 01823 355089

http://extranet.somerset.gov.uk/health-and-safety/


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CHSU@somerset.gov.uk, 01823 355089​

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Created at 11/11/2020 11:59 by Jemma.Gillard
Last modified at 11/11/2020 11:59 by Jemma.Gillard