Return to Work Safely

 

The Return to Work Safely Protocol is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic.

The Protocol should be used by all workplaces to adapt their workplace procedures and practices to comply fully with the COVID-19 related public health protection measures identified as necessary by the HSE. It sets out in very clear terms for employers and workers the steps that they must take before a workplace reopens, and while it continues to operate.

A high-level consultative stakeholder forum, under the aegis of the Labour Employer Economic Forum, will be established. This forum will include membership from the various bodies with responsibility for health and safety at work and for public health more generally. The forum will allow for ongoing engagement at national level on implementation issues in light of evolving public health advice and other factors.

The Return to Work Safely Protocol, is the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. 

 

 

The Roadmap to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions and Reopen Ireland’s Economy and Society released earlier, it is now time to start planning to hopefully reopen your respective businesses. 

As part of the reopening process, the government has put in place the Return To Work Safely Protocol.

From recent trips to the supermarket, you will have noticed that it is not business as usual. The protocol is there to help you implement the various actions necessary to guarantee visitors’ safety.

Those actions are necessary! The HSA will check that protocol actions are in place and will have the power to shut down non-compliant businesses.