Risk Assessment – Return to Work – Vulnerable Person

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This risk assessment template has been written for those employers whose staff need to return to work at the workplace but who may fall under the category of vulnerable. It is not likely to cover all eventualities but is provided as a guide for you as the employer.

There are several reasons why a staff member may be particularly vulnerable – it may be because of ethnicity, age, a pre-existing medical condition or because they are pregnant. Pre-existing conditions include COPD, some cancers, diabetes, kidney disease, or heart disease. Men over the age of 55 have been seen to be at greater risk. Pregnant women in all trimesters are classed as at risk.

Where the employee works may also be a factor – they may be in a customer facing position where  2m distancing may not be possible. It may also be that an employee lives with/shares a house with somebody who is vulnerable.

It is suggested that all staff complete a questionnaire such as below either via text or email on a daily basis. Anybody who answers yes to any question should not be permitted to come to work.

Do you have  an unexplained cough that has recently started

Y/ N

Do have a temperature or feel generally unwell

Y/ N

Do you share a home with anyone who is self isolating

Y/ N

Have you knowingly come into contact with anyone who is now confirmed or suspected as being Covid 19 positive

Y/ N


All staff should have the social distancing and cleanliness measures explained to them as soon as they return to work and on a regular basis.