Returning to work

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The governments road map to reopening Ireland is available to view here.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published interim guidance on its website to assist employers to manage workers’ return to work following COVID-19-related absence. It sets out the steps involved in determining/assessing Fitness for Work of any employee, after an absence due to COVID-19 Infection or suspected infection. The Guidance can be considered within existing sickness and absence management procedures and policies. It applies to Non-Healthcare workers and specific guidance for Healthcare workers can be found here.  The HSA has also published Guidance for Workers returning to work after COVID-19 absence. Read more here

Returning to work templates are available in the Member Area HERE:

Employers have a duty of care for all employees under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and must give due consideration if it is safe to ask employees to travel to work (consider public transport with a virus), or to undertake their work. It is imperative that an appropriate Risk Assessment is conducted to ensure that management makes an informed decision and that no employee’s Safety is put at risk unnecessarily. Members can access assessments here.

Download the guidelines from Fáilte Ireland for re-opening for your sector:

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The Department of Health has developed social distancing graphics to help you maintain distance in your premises. You can download them for free HERE

The Health and Safety Authority have published checklists and templates to help employers, business owners and managers get their business up and running again. Available HERE

·         NSAI guidance on workplace improvement and protection, HERE

·         The National protocols on returning to work, HERE

·         HSA guidance on COVID-19 and the workplace HERE

·         ISME Employee Declaration template HERE

·         ISME COVID-19 Risk Assessment template HERE


Financial support for your business is available here

Your 3 Minute Guide to the Restart Grant

Find out how your business can apply for a new 'Restart Grant' from your local authority to help with the cost of re-opening after Covid-19. Grants of between €2,000 - €10,000 are available.

This video will answer some frequently asked questions and you can check your local authority website for full details and to apply.​
Watch Return to Work Q&A back

Q&A addressing concerns regarding returning to work post COVID-19.


Answering questions:

  • Neil McDonnell, ISME CEO
  • Cait Lynch, ISME HR Advisor
  • Yvonne Mullooly, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Chemicals and Prevention Division, Health and Safety Authority.
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