The Irish Government issued a Return to Work Safely Protocol on the 8th of May 2020. It is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
It is essential that all employers carefully study and understand what is required of them as they look to return their staff to the workplace.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has the authority to shut businesses down should they find that they’re in breach of the regulations.
As part of this protocol employers are required to:
- Keep a log of contact/group work to facilitate contact tracing.
- Keep a log visits to the site(s) by workers/others as well as visits by workers to other workplaces.
- Carry out risk assessment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and implement the necessary controls identified.
- Implement temperature testing in line with Public Health advice.
- Ensure that appropriate hygiene facilities are in place to accommodate workers adhering to hand hygiene measures.
- Adapt existing sign-in/sign-out measures and systems, for example, biometrics/turnstiles, to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
- Implements physical distancing recommendations. Maintain a distance of greater than 2 meters between people. In settings where 2-metre worker separation cannot be ensured by organisational means, alternative protective measures should be put in place.
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