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Coronavirus (COVID-19): compliance self-assessment tool

Last updated: 1 Mar 2022 - see all updates
Published: 23 Dec 2021

Tool to assess the effectiveness of COVID-19 control measures within your workplace.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): compliance self-assessment tool


Businesses have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, in addition to the specific requirements set out in the Coronavirus Regulations. 

The regulations state that a person who is responsible for a place of worship, carrying on a business or providing a service must:

  • have regard to this guidance about measures to minimise risk of exposure  to coronavirus; and
  • take such of these measures as are reasonably practicable to minimise the incidence and spread of coronavirus on the premises, for example measures which limit close face-to-face interaction, such as supporting working from home, making adjustments to the premises and putting in place protective measures such as signage, screens and other mitigations

This tool should be used by a nominated individual(s) in your workplace to undertake regular self-assessment of the measures you have in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace.

This self-assessment is not mandatory however; you should be considering COVID-19 in your business-as-usual risk management plans.

This self-assessment will guide you through the necessary steps and questions workplaces should be considering. Not all of the questions may apply to your specific workplace. Please use these questions as a guide as part of your workplace risk assessment process.

This will provide assurance to your business or organisation, your staff and to regulators that all necessary mitigating measures are in place. Reducing the risks of transmission within workplaces is vital to ensure that as a country we can adequately reduce the impact on public health

Keeping a record

The self-assessment can be accessed and downloaded in word version on this page.

It is recommended that you keep copies of your self-assessments electronically to allow you to have a record of the measures you are taking. It will be a helpful should your workplace be subject to any compliance regulatory checks. Your local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may ask to see these and they may provide additional information for any Incident Management Team meetings in the event of a local outbreak that links your business to any positive cases.

This is not a regulatory assessment. Completion alone is not sufficient to evidence compliance with the regulations/ guidance nor will it provide a route to exemption from restrictions and closures in place as public health measures. Instead, this document should support the wider work carried out to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission in your workplace.

You should also ensure that you have accessed and understood the relevant Scottish Government guidance pertinent to your business.

The following documents have been designed to assist specific sectors:

  • retail checklist
  • manufacturing checklist
  • laboratories and research facilities checklist

You can access these checklists in the safer businesses and workplaces guidance.

First published: 23 Dec 2021 Last updated: 1 Mar 2022 -