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Safe Workplace

For Carlow College Staff, your first port of call should be to read the full detail of measures put in place across our campus along with substantial additional information in the updated COVID-19 Response Plan

Areas covered in the plan include – but are not limited to – face-to-face teaching, face coverings and cleaning and disinfection.



Current Status

Carlow College is now open to staff – for information on the return to campus, please click here.

On June 15th, Minister for Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, published the third-level education reopening plan. You can read the department’s plan here

The COVID 19 vaccination programme is now underway and the country is now in the ‘recovery phase’ in the response to the pandemic.

Since May, the government have taken steps to reopen society and the economy as the vaccination programme continues. For more information, click here to visit the gov.ie website.

At this time, Third Level Institutions are deemed essential services and the request from the Government is to reopen.  With this in mind, the College has decided that staff will return to work in the College building from 30th August 2021 where possible.

This site will be updated regularly with information, taking into account all government guidelines and public health advice.


What Carlow College is Doing to Keep You Safe at Work

  • All our spaces including classrooms and study spaces have been setup to support 2-metre social distancing
  • There are 60 hand-sanitising units in place across the campus. Please sanitise your hands on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • An enhanced cleaning and disinfection programme is in place for all facilities, including regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as handrails and door handles.
  • One-way system in place for entry and exist to main College building:
    • Entry is only via the front College door (blue door)
    • Exit is only permitted via the side door (adjacent to library)
  • Roll calls will be held at the beginning of each on-campus class to assist with contract tracing
  • Every classroom / lecture hall will be disinfected between classes
  • Windows will be kept open in all lecture halls to allow for ventilation


COVID-19 Advice and Information

The most up-to-date information is being provided by by the HSE and the Department of Health. All staff can keep up to date on the developing situation from these sources:

Face coverings are required in all public spaces in all College buildings.


Symptoms of COVID-19

It is important that everyone knows the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitors closely their own health and well-being. It can take up to 14 days to appear.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a fever (high temperature = 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough (this can be any kind of cough, not just dry)
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss or change of your sense of smell or taste
  • flu like symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate and contact your GP.


What To Do If Asked to Isolate Or Receive A Positive Result for COVID?

Staff should immediately notify your Line Manager or any member of the contact team (see below).


Contact Tracing

In order to facilitate contact tracing, Carlow College encourages members of its community, including staff to download the HSE COVID-19 Track App.

By using the app staff will:

  • be alerted if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • be able to track any symptoms they have and get advice on what to do to protect themselves and others
  • be able to anonymously warn other app users that they were in close contact with, if they test positive for coronavirus

Carlow College as an employer, has no obligation to ensure a contact tracing system is in place. However, to assist with contact tracing and minimise unnecessary risks of exposure, we request the following:

  • all College meetings should be conducted via Teams (where possible)
  • delivery of scheduled lectures will be captured through the timetable
  • lecturers must complete a roll call at the beginning of each class/lecture
  • employees are to keep a log / diary entry of all direct contact / group work to facilitate contact tracing and retain for contact tracing purposes. The log may be in one of the following formats:
  • Recorded In your Outlook diary. Mark relevant events ‘Contact Tracing’.
  • template provided at Appendix 2, completed in hard copy. If you use this option, send the log to your Line Manager weekly for safe preservation.
  • template provided at Appendix 2, completed in soft copy.


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