MINISTER HUMPHREYS LAUNCHES RETURN TO WORK PROTOCOL

14 May 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

HSA WILL MONITOR COMPLIANCE WITH COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority will be able to shut down workplaces that do not comply with new safety measures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. Launching the government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol on Saturday (see page 16), the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said handshakes would be banned and temperature testing will be carried out in line with public health advice.

Workers will not be allowed to share pens, bottles or cups under the new measures. It will mean social distancing rules will have to be rigidly enforced, including a ban on all except essential face-to-face meetings. Employers should set up one-way systems for staff entering and leaving buildings. Vulnerable at-risk workers must be preferentially supported in order to maintain physical distancing, and where possible, be supported by their employers to work from home. Workers will be organised into small teams that consistently work and take breaks together and must limit interactions with other colleagues. All staff should be encouraged to…

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