Work from home is still the advice for most people.
Do not return to your workplace if you:
- have any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
- are self-isolating or restricting your movements
- have not spoken with your employer before going back to your workplace
Face coverings should be worn in crowded workplaces.
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 COVID-19 they should know about
- take part in any training your employer provides
Pre-return to work form
You’ll need to complete this form 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 or restricting your movements
- are not waiting on results of a COVID-19 test
- have not recently returned from travel abroad
Your employer may ask you to confirm these details at a later date. This could be if you are only in your workplace occasionally or are away from your workplace for a period of time, such as for annual leave.
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 your own pen for signing in
wear a face covering if your workplace is crowded
download and use the COVID Tracker app - you'll get an alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
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 covering if one is available
- keep a distance of least 2 metres from others
- phone your GP to arrange a test for COVID-19
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 COVID-19
Work from home if you are at higher risk from COVID-19.
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 Work Safely Protocol.
These guidelines include advice on:
- preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace
- steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19
- what to do if an employee shows symptoms of the virus
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) provides advice for employers and employees on COVID-19 prevention measures in the workplace.
Check-lists and templates from the HSA are available to help employers, business owners and managers prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.
Advice for healthcare workers
Guidelines and advice for healthcare staff, managers and staff returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic is updated on healthservice.hse.ie
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 COVID-19.
Phone: 01 631 2002
Last updated: 4 May 2021 at 9.41am