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You may be aware of evidence that suggests people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
If you’re from a BAME background and are feeling anxious, you should discuss with your line manager how you can best protect yourself and your family during this period.
Your employer will have to conduct a Workplace Risk Assessment to minimise exposure, and to protect you and all staff by reducing the risk of transmission.
To help staff and line managers, the Scottish Government has developed risk assessment guidance and an accompanying tool. Employees and employers can use this simple risk stratification tool to measure a person’s COVID-age. The tool works by combining known risk factors including age, ethnicity, gender, weight, and health conditions, to measure the risk of infection and to make sure preventative measures are in place.
Minority ethnic staff all have access to this tool and you can discuss any concerns about your COVID occupational risk. Your line manager should have a sensitive conversation with you. The conversations that take place between you and your manager are the most important part of the process, and the outcome of these conversations should be agreed by both parties.
If agreement can’t be reached then you can seek further advice from your GP, Occupational Health Service, Health and Safety Professionals, Trade Union, Infection Prevention Service, or the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
Further research is ongoing, and we’ll continue to reflect any changes that need to be made to the guidance, based on new clinical evidence.
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