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COVID-19 Specific - Toilet Reopening Risk Assessment
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways and is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. The symptoms can be mild,
moderate, severe, or fatal.
This is a draft copy of a generic Risk Assessment for dealing with COVID-19. It is not likely to cover all scenarios and each council should consider their
own unique circumstances.
Name of Assessor:
Assessment Date:
Review Date:
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What are
the hazards?
Who might be
harmed
Controls Required
Additional Controls
Action
by who?
Action by
when?
Done
Spread of
COVID-19
(Coronavirus)
Employees
Visitors to the
toilets
Cleaners
Vulnerable groups
elderly, those
with existing
underlying health
conditions
Examples of measures that could be put in
place
Hand Washing
Hand washing facilities with soap
and water in place.
Stringent hand washing taking
place.
See hand washing guidance.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-
well/healthy-body/best-way-to-
wash-your-hands/
Drying of hands with disposable
paper towels.
https://www.nursingtimes.net/ne
ws/research-and-
innovation/paper-towels-much-
more-effective-at-removing-
viruses-than-hand-dryers-17-04-
2020/
Gel sanitisers in any area where
washing facilities are not readily
available.
Examples of measures that could be put in
place
Members of the public should be
reminded, by signage, to wash their hands
for 20 seconds with water and soap and
the importance of proper drying with
disposable towels. Also reminded to catch
coughs and sneezes in tissues Follow
Catch it, Bin it, Kill it and to avoid touching
face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean
hands.
To help reduce the spread of coronavirus
(COVID-19) reminding everyone of the
public health advice -
https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/
covid-19-coronavirus
Posters, leaflets and other materials are
available for display.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati
ons/guidance-to-employers-and-
businesses-about-covid-19
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Cleaning
Frequently cleaning and disinfecting
objects and surfaces that are touched
regularly particularly in areas of high use
such as door handles, light switches, taps
and toilet doors using appropriate cleaning
products and methods.
Social Distancing
Social Distancing - Reducing the number of
persons allowed in the toilets at any one
time to comply with the 2-metre gap
recommended by the Public Health
Agency.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati
ons/covid-19-guidance-on-social-
distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
Rigorous checks will be carried out by
employees to ensure that the necessary
procedures are being followed.
Putting up a clearly visible cleaning
schedule to give confidence to the general
public.
Consider increase in waste receptacles and
increase in waste removal collections.
Keep the facilities well ventilated where
possible.
Employees to be reminded on a daily basis
of the importance of social distancing both
in the toilets and outside of it.
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Wearing of Gloves
Wearing of gloves as a requirement of the
job, an adequate supply of these will be
provided. Staff will be instructed on how
to remove gloves carefully to reduce
contamination and how to dispose of
them safely.
PPE
Where PPE is a requirement for risks
associated with the work undertaken the
following measures will be followed-
Symptoms of COVID-19
If any employee becomes unwell with a
new continuous cough or a high
temperature they should be sent home
and advised to follow the stay at home
guidance.
If advised that a member of staff or public
has developed Covid-19 and were recently
on our premises, contact will be made
with the Public Health Authority to discuss
the case, identify people who have been in
Staff to be reminded that wearing of gloves
is not a substitute for good hand washing.
Those being fit with non-disposable masks
should clean the mask themselves before
and immediately after the test using a
suitable disinfectant cleaning wipe (check
with manufacturer to avoid damaging the
mask).
Internal communication channels and
cascading of messages through managers
will be carried out regularly to reassure and
support employees in a fast changing
situation.
Regular communication of mental health
information and open door policy for
employees who may need additional
support.
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Any views or opinions expressed in this document are for guidance only and are not intended as a substitute for appropriate professional advice. We have taken all
reasonable steps to ensure the information contained herein is accurate at the time of writing. In relation to any particular risk assessment issues, readers are advised to
seek specific advice.
BHIB Councils Insurance is a trading name of BHIB Limited. Registered office is AGM House, 3 Barton Close, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SJ. BHIB Limited is
registered in England and Wales number 829660. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 116675. For more details you can
check the Financial Services Register by visiting www.fca.org.uk. We are covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service. You can find out more at www.financial-
ombudsman.org.uk
contact with them and will take advice on
any actions or precautions that should be
taken.
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