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910, 2020

Employers who fail to ‘protect vulnerable staff’ risk of legal backlash

October 9, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

As the rise in cases continues to increase amid the ‘second employers are faced with an obligation to protect their staff, particularly those vulnerable to Covid-19. Employers who fail to meet their legal obligations to protect staff could find themselves in breach of legislation and facing enforcement action, says a Safe Team Health and Safety Consultant. They said it is important that employers implement strategies to protect these workers – particularly those defined as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. The consultant said: “Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from harm. They should make sure to consider the risk to workers [...]

2506, 2020

Returning to work safely after Covid-19 lockdown

June 25, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

As the Irish Government has outlined its roadmap to re-open the country, many employers are now looking towards the future needs of their business and how best they can plan for their eventual return to work.  The Irish government has listed the following essential control measures that should be implemented in every business. Social distancing (ideally 2 metres). Personal contact of less than 15 minutes. Good Hygiene (increased levels of cleaning surfaces and specifically hand hygiene). As you may be aware, the government has published a ‘Return to Work Protocol’. This document is a result of collaborative work by the [...]

505, 2020

Employers ‘duty bound’ to make Covid-19 updates to H&S policies

May 5, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

 Irish employers are obligated to make Covid-19 updates to their health and safety policies, says a leading health and safety consultant. Employers are being urged to update safety measures, risk assessments and safety statements to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 as some employees prepare to return to work. Workers will gradually start returning to work, with almost 150,000 building workers expected to return this month. Safe Team health and safety consultant, Paul McLaughlin, says that when they do, employers will be responsible for taking steps to protect staff from the spread of coronavirus. He says: “Employers have a general duty to [...]

204, 2020

Essential guide for a home working risk assessment

April 2, 2020|Categories: All, Health and Safety|

Employers in both Ireland and the UK have specific duties to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all workers – even when employees are working remotely. The outbreak of Covid-19 and the current campaign of self-isolation to stop it's spread has led to a huge increase in working from home. Employers are required to show the same duty of care for their employees when they are working off premises. This covers the provision of supervision, training, education and the implementation of sufficient control measures to protect the homeworker. The employer has liability for an accident or injury of a [...]

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