Solidarity has sent a ten-point plan to return to work healthy, to hundreds of employers. The premise of the plan is that employers should be fearless against the virus, but also fearless towards the saving of the economy and jobs.
“Under the current regulations, with a few exceptions, employees may return to work after the holidays. Our ten-point plan is within the statutory framework of the Covid-19 regulations. This plan does not make a choice between work and health, but rather a choice towards healthy work,” said Paul Mardon, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity.
According to Mardon, the risks in terms of Covid-19 look completely different from December when several employees went on holiday. The return of employees who were on holiday and at their homes, brings new risks to the workplace. The new wave of infection has also not yet reached its peak. Solidarity’s ten-point plan takes the risk of the new Covid wave into account, but also protects people’s jobs.
This ten-point plan provides for proper risk analyses. Health and safety in the workplace’s core pillar, is risk management. This plan proposes various ways to manage risks, including reviewing protocols with the new challenges of Covid-19 in mind. The plan also suggests that employees still, where possible, should work from home.
At work, employers and employees must strictly adhere to other health protocols, such as disinfecting workstations, washing and disinfecting hands, keeping record of people entering the workplace, maintaining a healthy distance (at least meters), and ensuring good ventilation.
Special measures must also be put in place to protect vulnerable employees and the return to the workplace should take place in phases. Employees must also realise that safety and health start at home.
The ten-point plan flows from Solidarity’s Code of Good Practice: Measures to ensure healthy decent return to work during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read the plan here.