19TH MAY 2020
THE RETURN TO WORK PROTOCOL
Following the guidelines introduced within the Government’s Return to Work Protocol (RTWP), we have put together the attached ‘Employee Protocol’, which we hope will act as a starting point for employers when putting sufficient measures in place. This document is aimed at helping you to best prepare your workplaces and your employees for a safe return, as set down in the Protocol.
Businesses will of course need to edit this document accordingly to reflect their specific arrangements and measures in place, which should be closely linked to their risk assessments and any other steps taken.
Along with any other measures deemed necessary following your risk assessments, we would recommend that employees are carefully taken through the Handbook once adjusted to suit your business needs and existing policies. You should ensure that as much as reasonably practicable employees understand what is covered within, including those for whom English is perhaps not their first language, as per the requirement under the Safety, Health and Welfare At Work Act 2005.
Once understood, it is recommended that employees confirm by signing the confirmation sheet, that they have understood the measures outlined within and agree to adhere to them.
Should an employee have any concerns regarding the document or measures in place, it is advisable to listen to the concerns raised and to explain and reassure the employee where necessary to help alleviate any anxiety or uncertainty that may exist.
Employers are reminded that this document is merely a guide as to the steps that can be taken, and that they should seek guidance and assistance from their designated Health and Safety Advisors as appropriate.
WORKING FROM HOME
With the new protocol requiring the continuation of remote working for the coming months, policies and procedures on Working from Home should be reviewed. In line with this, we have attached a sample policy and documentation which employers can adapt accordingly to suit their own business operation.
This update is provided by the MSS HR Support Service
FURTHER DETAILS ON THE UPDATE OR ABOUT OUR SERVICES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM:
JOHN BARRY/TARA DALY/ HUGH HEGARTY AT TEL: 01 8870690