Work Safely Protocol Update
With businesses reopening their premises and thousands expected to return to the office on a phased basis over the coming weeks, the Government has updated its Work Safely Protocol. You can access it here.
This revised Protocol incorporates the current Public Health advice, on the measures needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and in workplaces as issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and the Department of Health. The main updated public health advice includes information on ventilation of workplaces and vaccinations to reflect new knowledge and a changing Public Health situation.
The Protocol is a general guidance document applicable to all sectors. It is not designed to prohibit the introduction of further specific measures in particular sectors or workplaces. Further specific measures can be introduced as long as they enhance the measures set out in the Protocol. It sets out the minimum measures required in every place of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate the re-opening of workplaces following temporary closures and the ongoing safe operation of those workplaces.
The Government has also produced a range of materials for use by employers to promote safe working on the business premises, including guidance videos, posters, and employee checklists.