PHASS recently discussed the expectation that employers should publish their COVID risk assessments.  It’s not a legal requirements but here is the advice:

Sharing your risk assessment

You must share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If possible, you should consider publishing it on your website (and we would expect all businesses with over 50 employees to do so). We would expect all businesses to demonstrate to their workers and customers that they have properly assessed their risk and taken appropriate measures to mitigate this. You should do this by displaying a notification in a prominent place in your business and on your website, if you have one.

Remember that Healthy Working Lives has information and advice to support the risk assessment process, a tool kit on helping employees back to work and an opportunity to offer or receive support from a mentoring network. Find out more and we would welcome you sharing case studies or risk assessments.


An example guidance document that can be downloaded and tailored to your company needs to assist employers understand and work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As lockdown measure ease and more people head back to work it is important, we ensure that everyone’s wellbeing is being looked after during their working hours. Please see below a “Return to Work” guide kindly produced by Barr Environmental to assist with this process.

This reference document is linked to WISH INFO COVID-19 and Waste Management Activities but is not a formal part of it. This document simply provides an example of how a COVID-19 checklist could be structured.

Please see an example template of a Safe Working Procedures (SWP) provided by West Lothian council for COVID 19 – Prevention & Transmission Reduction for staff working in frontline operations which you may find useful.

Issued by a Scottish Local Authority

Subject: New COVID-19 Working Procedures

Important – if you intend to use please review and adapt for your current situation.

In order to reduce the amount of contact and the number of people within handover areas at the start and finish of beats the following setup has been introduced:

Part of the messing space has been set out to enable route packs, keys and daily information sheets to be collected without the need to attend to the dispatch hatch.

Debriefs and updates will be conducted in the open on a one to one basis with the driver or another crew member with a table used to enable distancing to be maintained.

Other employees can maintain their distance by utilising the remainder of the messing area and outside mustering areas.

All bags and keys are returned to the individual beat chair at the end of the shift and disinfected once all the bags are returned ready for use the following day.