Coronavirus: EU-OSHA issues guidance for a safe return to the workplace

The coronavirus outbreak shows the critical importance of sound occupational safety and health measures and conditions in all sectors of activity.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published guidance for workplaces, compiling the most significant information and advice available on the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance covers several areas:

  • Risk assessment and appropriate measures
  • Involving workers
  • Taking care of workers who have been ill
  • Planning and learning for the future
  • Staying well informed
  • Information for sectors and occupations

Speaking on the publishing of the guidance, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said:

Today, more than ever, it is very clear that protecting and promoting occupational safety and health is of the utmost importance for workers, companies, social protection systems and the whole society. This guidance provides answers to practical questions that employers have, for instance on how to minimise exposure to coronavirus in the workplace, how to update their risk assessment, taking care of workers who have been ill. It will help employers and businesses in managing the return to work and in providing practical advice to the staff.

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