COVID-19 Resources

Updated 22 May 2020

National Irish Safety Organisation will post up to date information on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from reputable sources as it becomes available.


Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

A national Return to Work Safely Protocol was published by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health on 9 May 2020. This protocol is intended to be used by employers and workers to ensure safety measures are in place and are adhered to as the economy opens back up following the temporary closures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Return to Work Safely Protocol is the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Download the Return to Work Safely Protocol

Support Call Centre – for information on the government supports available to businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19:

Business Continuity Voucher


Department of Health

For the most up to date information and developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we recommend that you visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 resource page – https://bit.ly/2VRRw15

The latest information, advice and guidelines will be published here and updated daily.

From this page you can access up to date information on the following: 

    • Latest updates
    • Health advice
    • Travel advice
    • Ireland’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Social Welfare advice for employers, employees and self employed
    • Information from across government

Department of Health COVID-19 web page

Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard

Dashboard developed by the Department of Health displaying the latest COVID-19 statistics in Ireland including:

  • case totals (confirmed cases and deaths)
  • a detailed profile of confirmed cases
  • comparisons from around the world

Access the dashboard here: https://bit.ly/2QWbfef


Department of the Taoiseach

28 March 2020: List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines


Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport


Health Service Executive (HSE)

For health information and updates on COVID-19 please visit the HSE’s dedicated COVID-19 web portal:

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

HSE COVID-19 web portal


Department of Health and HSE posters and resource pages

Information posters, leaflets and social media assets are available for download from the HSE and Department of Health websites. This material includes very useful, visual information on how to prevent COVID-19, symptoms, social distancing, hand hygiene etc., and is regularly updated. Most of this material is available in several languages.

HSE Website: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/ 

Department of Health: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/ee0781-covid-19-posters-for-public-use/

COVID-19 Downloads from HSE

COVID-19 Downloads from Department of Health


Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

The HSA has the following useful resources available on its website, hsa.ie (please click on the links below):

HSA COVID-19 Page


Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)

Adjudication Hearings, Conciliation Meetings, Face- to -Face Mediations, and cancellation of on-site Inspections until after Monday 18 May 2020.

Parties can submit complaints for adjudication using the online complaint form at the following link: https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/e-complaint_form/

Contact


Ibec COVID-19 Hub: advice for employers

    • Ibec COVID-19 interview with Dr. Gleeson Recording of the Ibec OHS team asking Dr. Deirdre Gleeson, a well known and respected occupational physician, some of the most commonly asked questions that occupational health can help with during the COVID-19 crisis. https://bit.ly/3bI6gpf
    • Business Link UpOpportunity to donate goods or services Since COVID-19 arrived, businesses have been contacting government bodies to offer to supply or donate goods and services. The government is creating a central database of these offers on behalf of the whole of the public service, including the HSE. Goods and services required by the health services are currently a priority but this may change as the situation develops. Businesses already supplying goods or services to the government, you do not need to do anything as normal arrangements will apply. https://bit.ly/2UUv9r9

Ibec COVID-19 Hub


National Standards Authority of Ireland

NSAI COVID-19 Resources


Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) (advice for the general public and for specific groups and settings including employers, healthcare professionals, education settings and religious settings)

HSPC COVID-19 Resources


Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

New publication entitled Regulatory assessment framework of the preparedness of designated centre for older people for a COVID-19 outbreak provides information on how HIQA plans to support nursing homes to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak.

The document sets out the supports and resources available to registered providers and designated centres during this public health emergency which have been made available by the Health Service Executive.

View HIQA nursing home guidance document


Teagasc

Visit the Teagasc website


European Centre for Disease Control

  • Using face masks in the community

Using face masks in the community (technical report) Reducing COVID-19 transmission from potentially asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people through the use of face mask. This document provides the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) opinion on the suitability of face masks and other face covers in the community by individuals who are not ill in order to reduce the potential pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 from the mask wearer to others. Available at https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/infographic-using-face-masks-community

Using face masks in the community (infographic) Useful and clear guidance from the ECDC on the use of face masks in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available at https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/infographic-using-face-masks-community

  • Surveillance of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in the EU-EEA

Surveillance of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in the EU-EEA (technical report and infographic) The high COVID-19 morbidity and mortality observed among residents in long-term care facilities (LTCF) in EU/EEA countries poses a major challenge for disease prevention and control in such settings. This document provides guidance for EU/EEA Member States planning to implement monitoring systems at LTCFs and describes the surveillance objectives. Available at https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/surveillance-COVID-19-long-term-care-facilities-EU-EEA

Visit the ECDE webpage


International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Freely available ISO standards, in read-only format, to support global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are available here: https://www.iso.org/covid19-home

ISO COVID-19 resources


European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

  • Practical tools and guidance on musculoskeletal disorders

An easy-to-use database from EU-OSHA is  which includes a variety of practical tools and guidance materials developed at EU and national levels to help manage MSD risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The variety of resources is quite comprehensive and includes guidance material for a wide range of sectors, hazard types and prevention measures. Some are specifically aimed at particular groups, i.e., employers, workers or managers or particular groups of workers.

Visit EU-OSHA COVID-19 & MSD Management Resource Page

  • COVID-19: BACK TO THE WORKPLACE – Adapting workplaces and protecting workers

New EU-OSHA publication which includes non-binding guidelines that aim to help employers and workers to stay safe and healthy in a working environment that has changed significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They give advice on risk assessment and appropriate measures such as minimising exposure, resuming work, coping with absences and managing workers working from home.

Workers’ involvement and taking care of those who have been ill is also included as well as information and further links for many sectors, occupations and countries.

EU-OSHA – COVID-19: Back to the workplace


Mental Health Ireland

Minding our Mental Health during COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland has lots of great resources on its website to help get through this challenging time. It includes great information on supporting ourselves, supporting others, tips and coping strategies and also service and support lines.

Visit Mental Health Ireland


International Safety and Health Construction Coordinators Organization (ISHCCO)

ISHCCO has published guidelines to help protect construction workers from #COVID19 pandemic hazards covering the 3 main risks, detailed information on the general wearing of respiratory masks and social distancing issues on sites.

Download ISHCCO pandemic guidance


The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has published a series of proposals to support the delivery of safe working environments as construction sites reopen. The publication, titled RIAI Proposals for Reopening of Construction Sites to Promote Suitable Protocols for Working Environments, is intended to assist in getting construction sites functioning post COVID-19 restrictions without compromising quality of construction or compliance with building regulations.


International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • Publication: In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Health and Safety at Work
  • Guidance Note: A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic The International Labour Organization has issued guidance for a safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guidance Note emphasises a human centred approach to return to work policies. The Guidance Note is accompanied by a 10-point, Practical Guidance action checklist for employers, workers and their representatives. This tool is intended to complement and not replace national occupational safety and health regulations and guidance, to help establish the practical details of a safe return to work. Download here: https://bit.ly/2ZzUc6F


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at https://www.dfa.ie/ (travel advice)

Centre for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/

World Health Organisation (WHO)


NISO Hand Washing Technique Poster

The hand washing technique poster from NISO will be available to purchase when the NISO office reopens, in line with Government advice. 

If you’re interested in purchasing this poster please click here, contact info@niso.ie or phone 01 465 9760.