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Work Safely

The Work Safely Protocol sets out the current advice on the Public Health measures needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. It is applicable to all sectors and sets out the measures required in every place of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Work Safely infographic with HSA inspection figures

Latest figures are from 18 May 2020 to 16 July 2021.

Inspections checking adherence with the COVID-19 Work Safely Protocol have been carried out by various State Organisations as part of their normal duties.

The Inspectorates carrying out adherence checks are:

  • Health and Safety Authority
  • Workplace Relations Commission
  • Environmental Health Service
  • Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
  • Tusla Child and Family Agency
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


All employers should review compliance with the Work Safely Protocol on a regular basis to ensure all measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission remain in place.

Basic public health measures are outlined in the Protocol, ensuring social distancing of staff, wearing of masks when this is not possible, preventing gatherings at lunch and breaktimes, bathrooms stocked and hand sanitiser available to promote good hygiene are all key measures.

These are some of the measures that will help you keep your workplace and your employees safe. Further measures are outlined in the Work Safely Protocol.


If you can work from home, you need to continue to do so.

The Work Safely Protocol emphasises that employees should not attend work if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Employees need to avoid any gathering forming at lunchtime, at breaks and in smoking areas.

Everyone needs to continue to follow the basic Public Health advice around social distancing, wearing a mask if this is not possible, covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Further advice on the measures you should take to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace are outlined in the Work Safely Protocol.

Topics: COVID-19 Supports