Individual Risk Assessment

 

COVID-19 INDIVIDUAL RISK ASSESSMENT

We are planning to have significantly more in-person learning on-campus, and we want to ensure that your safety and wellbeing continues to be our priority. Students will usually be expected to attend the on-campus sessions in their timetable.  

We have adopted a robust approach to reducing risks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, carefully assessing the environment, the task, and individual. Individual risk is based on the Welsh Government All Wales COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool, recognising that COVID-19 affects certain groups of people more than others, which may make them more at risk of developing serious symptoms if they come into contact with the COVID-19 virus.   

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool and associated guidance relating to Extremely Vulnerable and Vulnerable people specifies that: 

COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool score 0-3 COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool score 4-6 - Vulnerable People (defined below) COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool score 7 or more - Extremely Vulnerable People (defined below)
Attend scheduled learning activities in person and follow all recommended hygiene and social distancing measures You are encouraged to complete the form and
attend scheduled learning activities in person and follow all recommended hygiene and social distancing measures paying particular attention to the need to:
• Stay 2m away from others
• Use of face coverings where social distancing is unreliable
• Ensure frequent hand and surface hygiene
You must complete the form to let the University know and consider necessary measures to enable you to participate in academic learning activities in person. A member of your course team will be in contact with you to discuss.

Please read through the information below and complete this form as necessary for the 2021/22 academic year. If you previously completed a form for the 2020/21 academic year, then please complete a new one for 2021/22.


Extremely Vulnerable People

Extremely vulnerable people are those who have one or more of the pre-existing and long-term serious health conditions listed below.  

Solid organ transplant recipients
People with specific cancers:
• People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
• People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
• People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
• People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
People with severe single organ disease (e.g. Liver, Cardio, Renal, Neurological)
People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell)
People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
Adults with Down’s syndrome
Pregnant women with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
In addition, anyone identified by their GP or hospital clinician.

If you are categorised as extremely vulnerable there is no need to read the rest of the information. You must complete this form to let the University know to be able to consider necessary measures to enable you to participate in academic learning and teaching activities.   

A member of your course team will be in contact with you to discuss the necessary measures to enable you to attend in person.  


Vulnerable People

Vulnerable people are those who have meet one or more of the conditions below.  

Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
• Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
• Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• Chronic kidney disease
• Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
• Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
• Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell anaemia or if you have had your spleen removed
• A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
• Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
Those who are pregnant

The advice to people who identify as vulnerable due to the conditions above is the same as it is to the wider population. However, vulnerable people in this context should pay particular attention to the guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene.  

If you are categorised as vulnerable as described above, there is no need to read the rest of the information. We encourage you to complete this form to let the University know and enable us to provide you with relevant information and guidance, should this be required. 

You will be required to attend scheduled learning activities in person and follow all recommended hygiene and social distancing measures paying particular attention to the need to: 

  • Stay 2m away from others 
  • Use of face coverings where social distancing is unreliable 
  • Ensure frequent hand and surface hygiene 


All Wales COVID-19 Risk Assessment

There is growing evidence that Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on certain people. The Welsh Government COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool takes account the factors which may make a person more at risk from COVID-19.   

USW has adopted this risk assessment to enable you to assess your individual risk.  Extremely vulnerable and vulnerable people need not complete the risk assessment.  

Please consider the following risk factors and assign the scores shown as they apply to you. 

Risk Factor Score
Age - Covid-19 seems to have a bigger impact on people who are older Age 50-59 (Score as 1)
Age 60-69 (Score as 2)
Age 70-79
(Score as 4)
Sex assigned at birth - Genetically, Covid-19 seems to have a bigger impact on males than females Female (Score as 0)
Male (Score as 1)
Ethnicity - Covid-19 seems to have a bigger impact on people from certain ethnicities Do you identify as one of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic or Mixed race groups?* Please click the link below this table.
(If yes, score as 1)
Existing health conditions - Comorbidity) - Covid-19 seems to have a bigger impact if you already have other pre-existing health conditions. You may want to speak to your GP if you are not sure about these questions Cardiovascular disease - Are you on any treatment for Hypertension (high blood pressure), Atrial Fibrillation (Irregular heart rate), Heart Failure, Previous MI (had a heart attack), had a stroke, or Transient Ischemic Attack (mini stroke) (If yes, score as 1)
Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 or 2 (If yes, score as 1)
Chronic lung disease (including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease) (If yes, score as 1)
Chronic kidney disease (any stage 1-5) (If yes, score as 1)
Sickle cell trait, Thalassaemia trait or other haemoglobinopathy (If yes, score as 1)
Obesity - Covid-19 seems to have a bigger impact if you are overweight.
(Differences in BMI are due to studies which indicate that Asian people are at a higher risk of weight-related diseases at lower BMIs)
Use the links below this table to work out your BMI and waist circumference**. If your BMI is more than 30 OR if your waist circumference is:
South Asian Female more than 33 inches (84cm) or other BAME or white Female more than 34.5 inches (88cm) (If yes, score as 1)
South Asian Male more than 35 inches (89cm) or other BAME or white Male more than 40 inches (102cm) (If yes, score as 1)
Total Score =

*Do you identify as one of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic or Mixed race groups as set out in this link? (If yes, score as 1 as stated in the below table) 

** Use these links to work out your BMI and waist circumference

Total Score Risk Category Action Required
0 - 3 Low Risk Attend scheduled learning activities in person and follow all recommended hygiene and social distancing measures
4 - 6 Increased Risk You are encouraged to complete the form* and attend scheduled learning activities in person and follow all recommended hygiene and social distancing measures paying particular attention to the need to:
• Stay 2m away from others
• Use of face coverings where social distancing is unreliable
• Ensure frequent hand and surface hygiene
> 7 Very High Risk You must complete the form* to let the University know and consider necessary measures to enable you to participate in academic learning activities in person. A member of your course team will be in contact with you to discuss.