Covid 19 Risk Assessments
Want a Risk Assessment of your workplace and roles to identify the level of risk with Covid-19 and if vaccines need to be a control within the workplace? This Risk Assessment could possibly be preparing your business for the future and when vaccinations are more readily available. We can help with this.
At the moment the only practical steps available to employers are:
Conduct a formal health and safety risk assessment of the workplace and roles, focused on the risks posed by COVID-19, the steps that can be taken to minimise the risks posed by the virus and its spread, and incorporate vaccination as a control mechanism into this. We can assist with this – the objective is to have a proper record for showing why (or why not) certain roles/workplaces would require vaccinations for health and safety reasons. This could then be used as the basis for next steps to be taken;
Consult with all employees to gauge their views on adopting a mandatory vaccination policy – ideally this would be done formally together with providing the reasons why the employer is considering such a move (i.e. the health and safety risk assessment for particular roles/workplaces, as well as information about the benefits of vaccines). However, for a small workforce this may be able to be done informally at first to see if everyone is on board – and if so a less-formal process may suffice
If the employer wishes to implement a mandatory vaccination policy and faces resistance from some employees, then they should proceed carefully in undertaking the consultation process before making any decisions around their employment
If the employer wishes to make vaccination mandatory for new hires, then their recruitment processes and documents will also need to be amended to cover this off and sufficiently explain the reason why (from a health and safety perspective) vaccinations are required and why therefore applicants are being asked to confirm their status. This should also make it clear that an answer is not required, but that a failure to respond will be interpreted by the employer as meaning the applicant is not vaccinated.
Be ready to be flexible to accommodate any changes required as a result of new government or court guidance
OHS Consultants recommend that you also seek legal advice as part of this process if you decide to move forward with it.
Contact us below or call 0800 582 535 to discuss this further with our team.
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