This is a quick reference guide only and is not intended to replace existing policies, procedures and circulars. See ‘what are the relevant policies and procedures’ for further details.
The HSE is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment and to supporting employees who become injured in the course of their work. The first priority following assault must always be the safety of employees and service users. Relevant policy and protocols must be followed to ensure the necessary first aid/medical attention is provided; advice is given about employee staff supports, including referral to Occupational Health and the Employee Assistance Programme.
In the HSE Long Term Absence Benefit Schemes Guidelines a serious physical assault is defined as “the intention or reckless applications of force against the person by another without lawful justification, or causing another to be subjected to such force without lawful justification, resulting in physical injury.”
The granting of pay, under the various long term absence benefit schemes, is subject to full compliance with the provisions and conditions of the procedures as set out in the HSE Managing Attendance Policy, HSE Long Term Absence Benefit Schemes Guidelines, Rehabilitation Policy and other relevant policies. Failure to comply with any of these provisions may result in the scheme being withheld.