A confidential draft version of the “Return to Work Safely Protocol” seen by RTE describes safety measures including social distancing, no-handshakes, regular deep cleaning and temperature testing to be introduced by businesses hoping to reopen in Ireland.

The document was produced following discussions between the Health and Safety Authority, the Health Services Executive, the Department of Health, the Congress of Trade Unions and employer groups.

The Return to Work plan is due to be launched today by Business Minister Heather Humphreys.

Last night, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Patricia King, said the plan is very thorough.

“There can be no shortcuts or opt-outs when it comes to matters if life and death, every worker is entitled to protection”, she said.

Employers thinking about how to reopen their business are advised to develop a Covid-19 Business response plan.

The document includes information for employers and workers relating to social distancing, hand hygiene, first aid, mental health, ventilation and heating. Temperature testing is to be implemented “in line with public health advice”.

One common variable in Covid 19 cases is a potential high temperature. Fever Screening can help identify people with a high temperature using thermal screening of people before they enter a premises.

The process is fast, non-contact and accurate, helping protect customers and staff.