Last updated: 02 June 2020 at 12.55pm
Do not return to your workplace if you:
- have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- are self-isolating
- have not spoken with your employer before going back to your workplace
If you are returning to work, you need to take some precautions. Follow the advice of your employer. This is to protect you from coronavirus.
Before you return to work
Before you return to work you need to:
- complete a pre-return to work form
- tell your employer about any circumstances related to coronavirus they should know about
- take part in any training your employer provides
Pre-return to work form
You’ll need to complete this form at least 3 days before you return to work. This form is specific to your job and is only available from your employer.
The form is to confirm that you:
- do not have symptoms of COVID-19
- are not self-isolating
- are not waiting on results of a COVID-19 test
- have not been in contact with someone who has the virus
Protect yourself in the workplace
follow any measures put in place by your employer to maintain social distancing
wash your hands regularly and properly
follow hygiene advice when coughing or sneezing
travel to work alone
use own pens for signing in
do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose
do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups
do not shake hands with anyone
do not have face-to-face meetings or go on business trips if possible - use phone or video conferencing instead
If you get symptoms at work
Tell your manager immediately. Your employer will have a process in place. Follow their guidelines and advice.
You will need to:
- isolate immediately from other staff
- wear a face mask if one is available
- keep a distance of least 2 metres from others
- phone your GP to arrange a test for coronavirus
Go home as soon as it is safe to do so. Self-isolate at home and phone your GP.
Do not use public transport of any kind to go home.
If you cannot go home immediately:
- remain self-isolating in the building and phone your GP
- avoid touching people, surfaces and objects
- cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough or sneeze. Bin these tissues in a waste bag
People at higher risk from coronavirus
Work from home if you are at higher risk from coronavirus.
If you cannot work from home, talk to your GP or your employer. Your employer may wish to get occupational health advice. Make sure your employer prioritises social distancing measures for you where possible.
Advice for employers
Employers should follow the Return to Work Safely Protocol (PDF, 570KB, 29 pages).
These guidelines include advice on:
- preventing the spread of coronavirus in the workplace
- steps to reduce the risk of coronavirus
- what to do if an employee shows symptoms of the virus
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) provides advice for employers and employees on coronavirus prevention measures in the workplace.
Check-lists and templates are available to help employers, business owners and managers prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.
This includes advice for:
- food premises
- recreational water facilities
Organisations providing advice to employers and workers
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Business Support
Information on government supports for businesses and enterprises affected by coronavirus.
Phone: 01 631 2002