EAP and COVID-19: Return to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers
AuthorGovernment of Ireland. Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health
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Other TitlesReturn to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers
AbstractWe are all confronted with a situation that was unimaginable a few short weeks ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted severely on every part of our society and our economy. In the face of this, the biggest challenge we have encountered in decades, Irish people have almost universally stepped up to the plate and adhered to the strict guidelines put in place by the Government, following the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Response Team (NPHET). Because of this strict adherence to the rules, we have all contributed to the progress that Ireland has made in containing the spread of COVID-19 and, in so doing, we have saved lives. Now, because of the progress made, we are beginning to move to the next phase in reducing the spread of the virus, while starting to gradually re-open our economy and our society. In doing so, we still need to make sure that we adhere to the rules of the new way of living and working, so that we maintain the gains we have made, and continue to suppress the spread of the virus. Work is a key part of life and most of us want to return to our jobs as soon as possible. But we need to get back to work safely.
Table of ContentsA. Introduction ....ii ; B. Protocol for Employers and Workers Regarding the Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace ...1 ; C. Employer-Worker Engagement, Communication and Training...2 ; D. Background .....3 ; E. Getting Back to Work – Steps for Employers and Workers to Reduce Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace...5
DescriptionIrish Government Document on Return To Work Policies
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EAP and COVID-19: Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 National Protocol for Employers and WorkersGovernment of Ireland (2020-11-20)The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of Ireland’s society and economy. In the face of this, the biggest challenge we have encountered in decades, the people of Ireland have universally stepped up to the plate and adhered to the strict guidelines put in place by the Government, following the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). We have all contributed to the progress that Ireland has made in containing the spread of COVID-19 and in so doing we have saved lives. However, our continued progress in reducing the spread of the virus remains challenging. We collectively and individually need to continue our efforts to keep the virus under control. The revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol has become necessary to ensure that it reflects the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID- 19 as well as updating the public health advice available since its first publication. This revised document is now called the Work Safely Protocol. It continues to be designed to support employers and workers to put infection prevention and control (IPC) and other measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Work Safely Protocol also covers the measures needed to both ensure the safe operation of workplaces and the re- opening of workplaces following temporary closure due to local and regional restrictions.
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