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COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace

Return to Workplace Supporting Guide for Office Compliance

Guidance for managers when considering staff returning to workplace safely

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In line the Governments “Roadmap to Recovery” only workers who are deemed to be absolutely essential to be physically present in the workplace should return to the workplace. 

The principles outlined in the Roadmap should be maintained throughout all of the phases of the Governments plan.

Completion of the declaration form and the Tusla iLearn Covid-19 training module is mandatory for all for all staff to undertake before returning to the workplace.

Staff must not return to your workplace if:

Before returning to the workplace

Before returning to the workplace staff must:

1. Complete the online COVID-19 return to work declaration form

The form must be completed to advise Line Managers about any circumstances related to coronavirus they should know about. If you have been working remotely in recent weeks, the Declaration Form should only be completed when a return date has been agreed with your line manager and it must be completed at least three, but no more than five, working days before you return to your workplace. Those essential workers who remained in the workplace in recent weeks are also required to complete the Declaration Form. 

The purpose of the form is to confirm that a member of staff:

  • does not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • is not self-isolating
  • is not waiting on results of a COVID-19 test
  • has not been in contact with someone who has the virus

                                                

2. Complete the Tusla iLearn COVID-19 training

It is a requirement for all Tusla staff to successfully complete this mandatory training prior to returning to their base location for any period of time. Staff already providing essential services from their offices should also complete the programme.

                                               

Protecting yourself in the workplace

Information for Line Managers

This guidance is prepared for Line Managers to support them in their assessment of returning staff to the workplace safely and should be considered in conjunction with the Return to Work Safely Protocol, Tusla’s Road Map  and other relevant material.

Tusla staff who are currently working from home will continue to work from home, unless they need to attend the workplace for an essential service that cannot be done from home, during the five stages of the Tusla Roadmap and as directed by their line manager.

At the outset, it is important to remember that to make the work environment safer; it may not be possible for all staff to return at once.

As a line manager there are a number of steps you should take to comply with Return to Work Safely Protocol.

A checklist has been developed in response to the  Return to Work Safely Protocol which was issued on the 9th May 2020 by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health. This checklist must be reviewed in conjunction with the above mentioned Protocol, Tusla COVID-19 Workplace Risk Assessment and Tusla COVID-19 Policy Statement to assist you ensuring a safe return to the workplace.

You must ensure that your staff complete a return to work declaration form three days prior to their return to the workplace and have completed the mandatory online training

Please note that staff who have been in attendance in the workplace as deemed essential are also required to complete the return to work declaration form and complete mandatory online training.

Guidelines regarding staff who are considered medically high or very high risk from coronavirus can be found here. If you have any concerns about the safe return to work of a staff member please make sure you refer them to Occupational Health.

To ensure a safe return to the workplaces a number of additional control measures are required which are outlined in the COVID-19 Workplace Risk Assessment (PDF/Word).

Tusla’s Health and Safety Department is available to offer guidance and assistance in meeting these requirements.  Please contact your Regional Health and Safety Advisor or email the National Health and Safety team at:  healthandsafety@tusla.ie

Preparation for Returning to the Workplace Safely  

Procurement of COVID-19 related Good and Services

To ensure that there is an equitable distribution and to manage urgent deliveries of Covid-19 related goods/services please visit: Covid-19 PPE.  When ordering goods/services that are unaffected by Covid-19, budget holders must ensure that procurement guidelines are being followed as normal.

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