On 9 May the “Return to Work Safely Protocol - COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers” was published. It provides clear guidance to employers and to workers on the measures that must be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Protocol was developed through the cooperation of the Health and Safety Authority, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the HSE and my Department. It is designed to be used by all workplaces to adapt their procedures and practices to provide protection against the threat of COVID-19.
The protocol sets out steps for employers and workers to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace including
- the development or amending of policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of workers who may have symptoms of COVID-19,
- the implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures to minimise risk to workers.