Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements

 

10:55 pm

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)

If there are two or more cases of Covid-19, it is considered an outbreak. It is up to the employer to advise the HSE. Then the national outbreak control team engages through the local outbreak response teams. That is the protocol if there is an outbreak in a workplace.

Reference was made to the Health and Safety Authority. I do not have the exact number of inspections in meat plants. That information is confidential to the authority officials and they do not share that information with me. However, I can say that since last Monday they have had 240 inspections in an overall mix of businesses. Included in those 240 inspections were meat plants.

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