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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Useful Information

26 February, 2020

Corona Virus/Covid-19

The coronavirus has spread rapidly and has affected countries and businesses worldwide. It has closed a recruitment firm in Dublin for two days as a preventative measure. However, businesses are in a strong position to counter the outbreak, according to the Irish SME Association, read ISME full article here.

We are advising our members to prepare should the outbreak extend to Ireland. Please find sources of information about Corona Virus/Covid-19 outlined below:

HSA

HSE

DFA Travel advice

HPSC Information/Posters

WHO Europe Map

HPSC

Pennisula: How should employers handle the coronavirus outbreak?

For those intending to travel to Fibo in Cologne, Germany in April, the event is currently going ahead as planned, however keep up to date on the Fibo website here- https://www.fibo.com/en/FIBO/Exhibitor-info-about-corona-virus/1698/

Health and Safety

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 572 of 2013) set down the minimum requirements for the protection of workers from the health risks associated with biological agents in the workplace. A full risk assessment must be completed in compliance with Regulation 7. 

A risk assessment is simply a careful sensible examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm to your workforce or other people who might be affected by your work activities. It is in effect risk management. Employees should always be consulted and involved in the risk assessment process.

Simple controls measures in the workplace include

·        Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

·        When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands.

·        Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

Further information can be found from the Health and Safety Authority

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

We will update members as more information/advice comes forward from government and as it may affect your business operations. If you have any concerns please contact us via email info@irelandactive.ie or phone 01-6251192

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