The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges facing society and businesses. This challenge can only be overcome by working together to prevent the spread of disease and to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for workers working from home and those returning to their normal work.
This section provides guidelines, awareness-raising material, and additional links on this topic. In workplaces where workers may be exposed to a virus from the category of biological agents, employers must carry out a workplace risk assessment and determine appropriate measures.
The guidelines on this page are intended to assist employers in meeting these obligations. The minimum legal requirements are set by the Biological Factors Directive.
Implementing safe work practices to limit exposure to COVID ‑ 19 at work requires first a risk assessment and then the implementation of a hierarchy of preventive measures. This means that control measures need to be put in place, in particular to eliminate the risk and, if that is not possible, to minimize worker exposure. Find more at covid-19 prevention program osha.
Start with collective measures first and supplement them with individual measures, such as personal protective equipment, if necessary. The following are some examples of control measures, but due to the nature of the posts, not all measures will be appropriate for all posts.
For now, do only the urgent work; you may be able to postpone some work until the risk is lower. If possible, provide services remotely (phone or video) instead of in person. Make sure that only the workers who are absolutely necessary for this job are present at the workplace, and that as few other people as possible are present.
Make sure there is as little physical contact between workers as possible (eg during meetings or breaks). Isolate workers who can perform their tasks safely on their own and do not need special equipment or machines that cannot be moved. If at all possible, make sure, for example, that they work alone in an alternate office, chamber, canteen, or meeting room.
If possible, ask vulnerable workers to work from home (older workers and workers with chronic illnesses (including high blood pressure, lung or heart problems, diabetes, or workers being treated for cancer or otherwise immune-compromised). ) and pregnant workers). Workers whose immediate family members also belong to high-risk groups may also have to work remotely.