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Business advised to heed advice

Minster asks business to heed severe weather advice issued by the government National Emergency Co-ordination Group

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D. is advising businesses and employees to heed the updates that will be issued by the Government’s National Emergency Coordination Group in the coming days following severe weather warnings from Met Éireann.

“We are facing an extraordinary weather event in parts of the country over the coming days. Red Alerts are rare and serious occurrences, which should not be taken lightly.

“The most important thing for everyone at this time  - Government, citizens and employers - is safety. This is the paramount and overriding concern for everyone,” the Minister said.

“Ultimately it is up to each business in affected areas to decide whether they will stay open or close. However, when making their decision, I would encourage employers to consider the constraints on public transport and the current and anticipated snow conditions in their local area,” the Minister continued.

“It is not possible to issue blanket advice about whether a business should close in the event of a Status Red Warning from Met Éireann, because many organisations are engaged in the delivery of essential services.

“My Department has, however, prepared a checklist for businesses to help them consider the broad range of implications arising from a severe weather event. This is available on www.dbei.gov.ie”, the Minister added.

“I would ask employers to recognise that demonstrating concern for the welfare of employees and treating employees fairly translates into a better working environment to the benefit of both the staff and the employer,” she concluded.

 

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Note for Information

As companies consult with their employees, customers, suppliers and providers in the coming days, the following links may be useful during the severe weather:

General Information 

  • Office of Emergency Planning: This website provides updates from the Government’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group. For further information Tel 01 237 3800 or LoCall 1890 252736. 
  • Irish Water: Irish Water has tips on its website to prevent frozen pipes and unexpected leaks which may affect the water supply to your business. Alternatively, visit their Twitter customer care @IWCare or in an emergency call them on  1850 278 278. 
  • ESB: For information on any power outage updates, please go to Current Power Outages

Employment Information 

  • Workplace Relations Commission: The Workplace Relations Commission provides advice on Absence during extreme weather events. If you wish to seek additional information on your workplace situation you may speak with an Information Officer of the Workplace Relations Commission at 1890 80 80 90 or 059 917 8990, Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm. The service is available for both employers and employees. 
  • Health and Safety Authority: Please contact the Health and Safety Authority if you wish to report any work-related safety risks on: 1890 289 389 between 9:00am to 12:30pm, Monday to Friday. 
  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides information around social welfare benefits.

 

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