Ireland is getting ready to return to work as the government is set to announce the releasing of some restricions from May 18th.
However, this will not be a return to the way things were before the lockdown.
Everything has changed, and the health of staff and customers will be a priority for any business hoping to reopen.
Last weekend the government published the Return to Work Safely Protocol with inoput from the HSA, the HSE, the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
The documents details the measures that must be undertaken by employers and staff that will help a safe return to work, including temperature testing in line with public health advice.
Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal.
It can take anything from 2 days up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
One commons symptom is a high body temperature, and businesses hoping to reopen can screen staff and customers using the lastet thermographic technology.
Temperature testing can help provide a safe return to work.
FeverScreen.ie has a solution that can easily and quickly detect high temperature and fever in people before they enter a business or shop.
A corporate package includes:
- the Fever Screen console,
- the temperature scanning equipment
- a thermal processing control unit
- full HD display screen
- Visual and Audible alarms
It takes approximately 1 second to detect the surface skin temperature and display it on the screen.
The system can also send alerts to designated persons by email.
A FeverScreen system helps protect staff and customers by offering a quick early detection warning of any symptoms.
An Employer Must…
- Appoint at least one lead worker representative to make sure safety measures are in place and being followed.
- Update business and safety plans, including the business COVID-19 Response Plan, the occupational health and safety risk assessment and the safety statement. Include how to deal with a suspected case of COVID-19 in the safety plans and appoint a dedicated manager in charge of dealing with suspected cases.
- Develop, consult on, communicate and implement workplace changes or policies.
- Send out a pre-return to work form to employees at least 3 days before their return to work.
- Provide COVID-19 induction training for all staff.
- Put in place temperature testing in line with public health advice.
If an employee has symptoms of the virus during work hours, an employer must have a designated isolation area for employees and must follow a specific procedure:
- The designated manager must direct the person to a designated isolation area, along a designated route
- Maintain a 2 metre distance
- Arrange for the employee to stay in isolation before arranging for them to be transported home, or to a medical facility, avoiding public transport.
- Carry out a full risk assessment of the incident to see what, if any, further action needs to be taken
An Employee Must…
- Follow the public health advice and guidance
- Work together with your employer and follow any specific procedures and instructions from your employer to keep safe
- Adopt good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing
- Get professional healthcare advice if you are unwell
- Not go to work if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
- Let your employer know if you believe there are reasons why it is not safe for you to be at work, or if you are concerned that you could be putting a member of your household at risk