Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Dedicated Covid-19 compliance officers could become commonplace in businesses across Kildare.

Days after the government announced the details of a phased reopening of the country, the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland (ACOI) says that the issue of compliance and how to deal with social distancing and other Covid-19 related protocol will be at the forefront of the minds of managers and owners in every industry.

The professional body believes that ‘Covid compliance officers’ may well need to become commonplace – if only temporarily – to ensure businesses meet any instructions and/or rules and guidelines issued by the government, which might then allow them to recommence trading.

This could be an existing compliance officer, they say, or another senior employee or member of management.

“By appointing someone to the role of COVID compliance regulator, the HSE and gardai will have a go-to person to interact with and support in terms of putting the necessary processes and procedures in place,” said Michael Kavanagh, ACOI chief executive.

“There appears to be a growing consensus that people will return to work on a phased basis based on national COVID-19 management targets being met, with those working outdoors possibly being the first to return. In each workplace, someone will have to assess how employees and customers can adhere to new rules such as maintaining a two-metre distance from colleagues and other customers, and minimising the level of face-to-face interaction. This will need to happen, preferably, before businesses reopen and employees return to work.”

The ACOI is advising businesses and organisations that are preparing to reopen and have concerns around compliance to consult with the National Standards Authority and the Health and Safety Authority.

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By Conor Forrest
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