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Safe behaviour in the work environment

Last update 08.04.2021

Anyone who is allowed to work remotely from home must do so. It is the Employer's responsibility to provide this. These conditions apply to both public administration and local government institutions, as well as private companies. This means that salespeople, drivers, stackers, police officers, firefighters, security guards, radio and television announcers and operators, doctors, and others, but not, for example, office workers, will work in person. 

Only employees whose duties cannot be performed remotely due to the nature of their work are allowed to work on site.

If, due to the nature of the work, employees must work on site, the employer is obliged to:

  • set up measures for limiting the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace;
  • appoint a responsible person for the implementation of these measures;
  • provide employees with the necessary personal protective equipment;
  • inform employees about the measures implemented in the workplace to control the spread of Covid-19.

To reduce the risk of being infected with Covid-19, please continue to adhere to the following principles:

  • ensure that there is only one employee in the office at a time;
  • in open-plan offices, provide a larger area per employee, for example, not less than 15 m2 of the available premises, as was the practice during the state of emergency;
  • if the office is large and several employees work there, ensure the greatest possible distance between the employees, ensuring the installation of protective barriers to the extent possible;
  • if it is not possible to comply with the above-mentioned conditions, a work schedule must be developed, for example, determining which employees (officials) are to come to work on site every other day. The head of the institution must evaluate the most suitable solution for the organisation’s work processes in order to minimise contact between employees.

What should an employer do?
  • If your working conditions allow this, and the employee can fully perform their duties from home, provide remote work options.
  • Provide employees working in-person with personal protective equipment necessary for performing their duties (e.g. masks covering the mouth and nose, aprons, protective suits)
  • Promote collective responsibility: do not allow ill employees to be at the workplace
  • If an employee reports feeling ill, let them spend at least one day at home, to monitor their health
  • Encourage employees to regularly ventilate the premises, and provide a way to sanitise hands
  • Regularly clean any surfaces that come in contact with many people (door handles, buttons in lifts, coffee machines, water taps etc.)
  • Provide your employees with an option to work remotely
  • Reduce the number of employees working in-person or inside one room
  • Ensure a distance of at least 2 metres between employees
  • If maintaining this distance is impossible, set up additional protective barriers between the employees
  • Arrange gatherings and meetings to take place remotely
  • Do not arrange business trips abroad. If some has returned from a business trip abroad, check to confirm if they must self-isolate for 10 days
  • Restrict employees gathering in shared spaces such as the kitchen, cloakroom, recreation areas etc. Do not arrange recreational events indoors
What should an employee do?
  • Can you perform your everyday work remotely? Discuss this option with your employer
  • If you are ill, stay home. Do not go to work expecting to feel better during the day
  • Don’t feel too well? Arrange to temporarily work from home with your employer, in order to monitor your health
  • Do not gather in shared spaces at work, such as the kitchen, cloakroom, recreation areas etc.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
  • Ventilate the rooms regularly
  • If you sneeze or cough, use a napkin, or sneeze or cough in the pit of your elbow
  • If possible, participate in gatherings and meetings remotely
  • If you have been epidemiologically determined to have been in contact with a person who contracted Covid-19, observe quarantine at home. Going to work in person is prohibited.

 

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