The CIF Key Guidance Notes for the Construction Sector


Since the COVID-19 virus struck, the CIF has been supporting members to adjust to the rapidly changing environment – including an unprecedented industry shut-down by Government at the end of March. The CIF’s extensive engagement with Government, the HSE and other national and international experts ensures our members have the most up to date and accurate information on key issues such as safety, IR, return to work protocols. The information we provide CIF members helps them prepare for any relaxation on restrictions that the Government may announce in the future. Companies can only return to work when the Government deems it safe to do so

The CIF has collated this information into a ‘Return to Work’ resource pack and is making it available to anyone operating in the construction industry. It’s important to reiterate again, that companies can only return to work when the Government deems it safe to do so.

This resource pack provides guidance on how companies should prepare in advance of any future announcement. Going back to work prematurely, can undermine the Government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately damage our industry and the wider economy.

We have two objectives for sharing this information. Firstly, we want to help all construction companies adapt to the changed environment, particularly in the safety arena. The industry needs all companies to operate safely so we can protect our employees, our livelihoods and our communities as we deliver critical housing and infrastructure. Secondly, we hope you will join the CIF’s network, as it makes us stronger and enables us to continue to represent this great industry.

This pandemic has affected us all deeply but by working together and sharing these resources, we hope to help prepare the construction industry when it reopens.

The ‘Return to Work’ resource pack includes a range of key guidance notes, circulated to CIF members on a regular basis.

There are several key areas covered in the document summary, including:

  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Relations
  • Contractual issues
  • Sub-contractor issues
  • Virtual Construction and Design
  • Planning and development

Regular Updates

The CIF has engaged extensively with Government and third party stakeholders to ensure the industry is best placed to return to work and thrive in the new, changed construction environment. We are constantly updating information related to the affect of the pandemic on our dedicated page here.  We encourage you to join the Federation to ensure your business has access to the CIF’s unparalleled expertise and become part of the most effective network in Irish business. We also post helpful information, podcasts and materials on our blog.

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The CIF is developing a ‘shop window’ where companies can promote special offers and products which will be shared with CIF members and stakeholders. For more information on this and membership of the CIF, please contact Bernardine Walsh, our membership development executive.



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