Unite launches Covid-19 risk guide for BAME members

22 July 2020

Unite the Union has produced a Covid-19 health and safety guide on risk assessment for BAME workers, with practical guidance for employers and employees.

The guide is in response to research showing that BAME communities and NHS workers have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

The union outlines additional control measures that can be put in place as part of a risk assessment. For example, setting up virtual meetings with BAME employees to discuss the concerns and support.

Workplaces should consider setting up a specific task group to manage these issues.

Around the same time, NHS England sent out a letter instructing trusts and primary care providers to make progress on, and complete, their risk assessments for all staff in ‘at-risk’ groups imminently.