‘COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers’

With immediate effect, COVID-19 has imposed yet another raft of obligations on the workplace, and this time on both employers and workers alike. Certain defined:

  • “pre-return to work steps” should be put in place and completed by both employers and workers” before returning to work, and
  • separate steps are also prescribed for both to follow when at work, such as putting in place and following a formal Response Plan, updated Risk Assessment, Policies & Procedures, and Prevention & Control measures.

This practical webinar details the Government’s “Return to Work Safely Protocol”, developed as the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health.

It is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, as the economy begins to slowly open up following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic.

The content of this webinar will appraise both employer and employee solicitors alike on two fronts concurrently: firstly, of their own mutual workplace obligations within legal offices, and secondly, those of their clients.

The following areas are covered:

  • Protocol for Employers and Workers Regarding the Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 In the Workplace
  • Employer-Worker:
    • Shared Responsibility,
    • Training, particularly “Induction training” for all staff
    • “Lead Worker Representative”
    • Strong Communication
    • Shared Collaborative Approach
    • Regular Engagement
    • Information and Guidance
    • Shared Responsibility
  • Symptoms of COVID-19
  • How COVID-19 Spreads
  • Getting Back to Work – Steps for Employers and Workers to Reduce Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace:
    • Response Plan
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Effecting Workplace Changes or Policies
  • Prevention and Control Measures:
    • Hand Hygiene
    • Respiratory Hygiene
    • Physical Distancing
    • Alternative protective measures where 2-metre worker separation is not possible
  • Use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Workers’ Role
  • Client/Customer-Facing Roles
  • Occupational Health & Safety Measures:
    • Reporting Requirements
    • First Aid
    • Mental Health & Wellbeing
    • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
    • Legionella
  • Advice for Employers and Workers
  • Information on Public Health and Occupational Safety
  • Information on Business Continuity and Supports
  • HSA, HSE & The Department of Health
  • Subject to Change
  • Cross-Sectoral
  • Minimal and Non-Exhaustive
  • Living Document

Category of CPD: Management (or General)*
Duration: 1 Hour

* (which you can also use as General CPD if you have already done your mandatory Management hours).

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