• 15 May 2020

RIAI Proposals for the Reopening of Offices

To support Architects and Architectural Technologists in their business continuation, the RIAI has published proposals for the reopening of offices. RIAI Proposals for the Reopening of Offices is intended to assist organisations (of varied sizes) with a toolkit, having reference to current information which broadly covers a range of planning considerations for your return to office within the COVID-19 context. This should be read in conjunction with the Return to Work Safely Protocol.

The key to a safe and continued return to work requires clear, open communication and a collaborative approach between both the employer and employee. Information about COVID-19 is evolving, and public health advice is updated on an ongoing, regular basis, therefore it is important for employers and employees to recognise that flexibility and awareness is required from both in adhering to latest advice to reduce the spread.

This non-exhaustive document covers: responsibility of employer and employee; setting up office for safe return; risk assessment; employee well-being; communications; GDPR and site inspections.

The RIAI would like to note that it is the readers’ or members’ responsibility to be aware of changes in legislation and advice since the date of publication of this document and address them accordingly. No responsibility for loss or damage caused to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material included in this publication can be accepted by the authors or the RIAI.