Do you or your colleagues believe you have contracted COVID-19 as a result of your work? If so, please fill in this questionnaire.
UNISON is teaming up with Thompsons solicitors to identify workers who have been affected by COVID-19, and all branches and regions are encouraged to raise filling in this questionnaire with our members.
The information in the questionnaire will inform UNISON’s campaign priorities. It will help us improve workplace health and safety and a team of workplace personal injury experts will also analyse the completed questionnaires and explore every avenue to provide the best support for those who have become ill or lost a loved one due to coronavirus.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Our members have been working throughout the pandemic, often putting themselves at risk to help others. We want to give the best support and advice to our members, so it is really important we gather this information.
“The answers we receive will help UNISON track what is happening on the ground, where our members were exposed and how their employers responded.
“For those who have been made ill as a result of being exposed to COVID-19 at work, including the very tragic circumstances where our members have died as a consequence, the answers in these questionnaires could prove critical.”
UNISON want to make sure all employers take their health and safety responsibilities seriously. Employers have a duty to do all that is reasonably practicable to safeguard their employees, thereby reducing the risk of infection or injury.
All employers should be looking at the risks to their employees in carrying out their duties, ensuring they make a proper assessment of those risks, and take appropriate steps to address and minimise those risks.
If an employer does not know what the risks are because it does not carry out a proper assessment, or fails to act on its risk assessment and an employee contracts COVID-19 from their workplace, that employee may have grounds for a claim.