Returning staff to work


The Government’s “Return to Work Safely Protocol” sets out a number of measures employers must consider as they reopen their businesses and bring staff back to work safely.

In terms of bringing staff back to work, employers should put in place a number of measures, including:

1) Employees must be issued with a pre-return to work form to be completed at least 3 days prior to their return. In completing the form, employees will self-declare as being fit to return to work. If a worker answers Yes to any of the questions, they are strongly advised to seek medical advise before returning to work. A template questionnaire including all required questions can be downloaded here.

2) Induction training should be provided for all workers. At a minimum it should include:

 

    • up to-date advice and guidance on public health

    • details on what a worker should do if they develop symptoms of COVID-19

    • information on how the workplace is organised to address the risk from COVID-19

    • an outline of the Covid-19 response plan

    • clarify points of contact from the employer and the workers

    • any other relevant sector specific advice


3) Following a risk assessment, employers should arrange for the necessary controls to be put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.

 

4) Temperature testing should be implemented in line with Public Health advice.

 

5) Review and revise existing sick leave policies and amend as appropriate and in line with Covid-19 procedures. A revised sick leave policy is now available in Bright Contracts.


The full Return to Work Safely Protocol can be viewed here.

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