Return to Work Safely Protocol
COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers

8th May 2020



A. Introduction
1. Context
2. Working together to suppress COVID-19 in the workplace
3. Overseeing and responding to a rapidly moving challenge
B. Protocol for Employers and Workers Regarding the Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
C. Employer-Worker Engagement, Communication and Training
D. Background
Symptoms of COVID-19
How COVID-19 Spreads
E. Getting Back to Work – Steps for Employers and Workers to Reduce Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace
1. Develop and/or Update the COVID-19 Response Plan
2. Develop or amend policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of workers who may have symptoms of COVID-19, as appropriate
3. Develop, Consult, Communicate and Implement Workplace Changes or Policies
4. Implementing the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures to Minimise risk to Workers
4a. Hand Hygiene
4b. Respiratory Hygiene
4c. Physical Distancing
5. Worker Role
6. Customer Facing Roles
7. Occupational Health and Safety Measures and Recommendations
7a. Reporting Requirements under Occupational Health and Safety Legislation if a worker contracts COVID-19
7b. First Aid
7c. Mental Health and Wellbeing
7d. Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)
7e. Legionella
8. Advice for Employers and Workers
9. Information on Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety
10. Information on Business Continuity and Supports