Return to Work Safely Protocol launched

The ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, launched Saturday, May 9, 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 designed for when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic.

The Department of Business & Enterprise said that 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 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.

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Source: Health and Safety Review