According to the HSE, the risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low.
Employers are being encouraged to conduct a risk assessment and put business continuity plans in place due to Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Business continuity planning is important when faced with unforeseen circumstances / unplanned event such as adverse weather conditions, and or public transport disputes which make it difficult for employees to attend for work. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is one such example where companies must review their business contingency plan and make a course of action during such crisis.
HSE recommendations to prevent infection spread.
Wash hands properly and regularly
- After coughing or sneezing
- after toilet use
- before eating
- if in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues
- if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve (not hand)
- put used tissues into a sealed bin
- wash your hands
Public health advice posters for COVID-19 are available on Gov.ie for download and display in public offices. And here is a leaflet with Guidance on COVID-19 for workers dealing with the general public
The FAQs document on the HPSC website also details instructions for employers in this situation
Please consult here for travel advice. All non-essential travel to mainland China and other affected areas should be avoided.