Several groups of people have been identified by experts as being at greater risk from COVID-19 (Coronavirus), these being:
- People with underlying health conditions/ who are or have been shielding/who are aged 70 years and over
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people
- Pregnant women
If you fall within any of these groups, your manager should have completed an Individual COVID-19 Risk Assessment with you. This helps to identify measures which can be put in place to address your particular risk from COVID-19.
If don't have an individual risk assessment, it is important that one is completed for you. You should therefore:
- Identify your COVID age by using the Scottish Government's COVID Age Calculator.
- Give your manager the outcome of this assessment so that they can arrange to complete an individual risk assessment with you.
- Speak to your manager if you are unsure how to use the COVID Age Calculator.
You might be asked to attend an Occupational Health appointment to help with the risk assessment process. This is to ensure that your manager has all the necessary information to determine how to best to support you.
You don't need to be in a higher risk group to have an individual risk assessment. You can ask your manager to complete one with you if you are at all worried about your personal risk from COVID-19. You might also want to discuss any concerns you have with your GP or another healthcare professional.
Managers have been asked to keep the risk assessments under regular review. Situations where this might happen include:
- If there are changes to the COVID Age Calculator
- When there are changes in COVID-19 protection levels. For example, the Scottish Government anticipate that from 26 April, people on the shielding list who cannot work from home will be able to return to the workplace. Managers have been asked to review risk assessments before then. You should be contacted soon about this.
- Where there are changes in workplace operations or where lessons have been learned from COVID protection measure already put in place. New guidance from NHS Scotland or the Scottish Government may also prompt a review.
- Return to workplace. For example, if there has been a lapse in time between an initial risk assessment being carried out and you returning to the workplace.
Further information can be found on our Employees considered to be at highest risk from Coronavirus page, with additional information for pregnant employees.