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Long COVID: scientists give recommendations on facilitating individuals to return to work

Given the relative lack of knowledge about the interface between long COVID and work, HSE commissioned a study to consider the scientific evidence.

The study was completed with contributions from an international expert group including the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the UK. 


The researchers summarised the evidence on the impact of long COVID on work, the workplace, and return to work interventions in the published scientific literature to 8 March 2021.


They made initial recommendations for guidelines to facilitate workers suffering from long COVID to return to work. These guidelines are in line with existing Faculty for Occupational Medicine (FOM) guidance on return to work and existing HSE guidance on managing sick leave and return to work.


Professor David Fishwick, HSE’s Chief Medical Adviser:

"Drawing together the evidence base is really important to define the best way forward for workers suffering from long COVID, in order to best help them feel better and return to work healthy."


Read the report:

Return to work after long COVID: evidence at 8 March 2021

High-rise residential buildings: serious incident scenarios

HSE has published a report identifying serious incident scenarios for high-rise residential buildings, and potential control measures.

As part of the reforms to the building safety system a Joint Regulators’ group (JRG), which includes HSE, is assisting in the transition to the proposed new regulatory framework. This report describes research, done in 2019, for the JRG.


Read 'Residential high rise: serious incident scenarios'

Latest science publications

One of our latest publications is on work completed in collaboration with our partner national research institutes in PEROSH, the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Health and Safety.

The publication reviews biological risks associated with the collection of municipal wastes.


Read 'Review of biological risks associated with the collection of municipal wastes'


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