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Return to work risk assessment checklist

Make it Legal™ Checklist

Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

After completing the document, you will be provided with a list of additional steps you may take to ensure the safety of your workforce. Tick the additional steps as appropriate for your business. You can then assign a person to the ticked steps and ask them to action the particular step. Once a step has been implemented, a completion date should be recorded.

Read the document to make sure it meets your needs. Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

Undertaking a return to work risk assessment doesn’t mean you’ve complied with your legal obligations to ensure the health and safety of your staff. Make a plan for implementation of the issues highlighted by the return to work risk assessment. 

If you are based in England, make sure you read the Government guide applicable to your business type:

If you are based in Wales, you should read the Welsh Government guidance. If you are based in Scotland, you should read the Scottish Government guidance.

If your business is located in part of a larger building, you should share your findings with your neighbours.

Identifying and dealing with risk is an ongoing process, so remember to keep your return to work risk assessment up to date and inline with Government guidance on returning to work and working safely in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For further information read Employee health and safety in the workplace during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Signing in print

  1. Print a copy of the risk assessment.

  2. The assessor should sign the document.

Note that the return to work risk assessment is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by the employee. You can ask employees to sign an acknowledgment to show that they received it, but it’s not legally required.

Make the return to work risk assessment available to employees before they return to work in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. For example, including it in induction packs, providing it in hard copy, sending it out by email, putting it on notice boards or an intranet site, or other easily accessible company computer systems.

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