LWR-peopleReturn to Work Safely




The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted severely on every part of our society and our economy. Because of our strict adherence to the rules over the last few months, we have all contributed to the progress that Ireland has made, and we are now moving to the next stage which is seeing more and more workplaces reopening.

As they do so, it is critical that we take steps to ensure that these workplaces are safe and that workers can return with confidence to their jobs. That is why Congress has taken a lead role in working with Government and with employers to develop a  Return to Work Safely Protocol which will guide how we do this. 

As the government has made clear, this Protocol is mandatory and is applicable in all workplaces. If implemented fully, it will contribute significantly to reducing any risk of infection in the workplace. It is based on traditional and well-tried health & safety approaches, and one of the elements at its core is the idea of consultation and partnership between management and workers in creating safe workplaces.

This is why the role of the Lead Worker Representative has been created. This person will be selected from the workers and will work alongside management representatives or company owners to oversee the implementation of the protocol. Employers have the responsibility to ensure that these representatives have the necessary training. The resources available here will supplement information about the transmission of the virus and how to reduce the risk, by giving people further information about the role of the Lead Worker Representative and what they need to know to undertake this important work  

The links on the right (or above, In This Section) provide access to a range of resources that will be helpful to the Lead Workers Representative. The first page provides information and training materials about the role of the worker representative, while the other lists various resources for reliable information about Covid-19 with links to government sites, international organisations and trade unions.

If you need further information about the protocol and how to implement it in your workplace, please contact us at