Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements


1:05 am

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

A worker who has a problem and is concerned about health and safety in the workplace can contact the HSA. The HSA has received 3,300 complaints since 1 March.

More than 200 of those related to Covid-19. Some were about premises that subsequently closed because of Covid, some were about premises that had not reopened and others were from people who were not working in the places about which the complaints were being made.

No one can tell the HSA to undertake an inspection. There is an assessment and a process and every complaint is examined on its own merits. If an inspection is necessary, that is a decision for the HSA.


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