New ‘Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide’ launched

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has published a ‘Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide’ outlining preventative measures businesses can take to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The new NSAI helpline and the €2,500 consultancy supports available through Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will enable firms to the identify and implement the measures needed to ensure they can continue to operate safely to provide necessary and essential goods and services for all.

The Government, in welcoming this guidance, has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting businesses operate whilst rigorously adhering to public health measures.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD highlighted a range of good practices and process changes that are being implemented by firms to protect their people, their premises and the general public so they can continue to operate safely.

These include measures such as use of gloves for common equipment, cleaning between shifts, floor markings to ensure distance, use of perspex at counters, strict processes for deliveries to minimise contact, adjusting factory and office layouts to ensure distance and staggering of shifts and using remote handovers between shifts.

The guide – available from – was prepared by the agencies of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the NSAI, the Health and Safety Authority, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, with support from the HSE.