23 April 2020
As companies plan for the slow restart of their business, they face a new challenge: operating in a 1.5-metre society.
In this “new normal”, what must employers consider in order to make the return to work a success? Here are 5 essential points to include in your preparation.
While the various sectors develop plans and protocols for their industries to re-open, businesses with employees who work in office buildings face a singular challenge; they must balance the need for a successful restart with their obligations to their employees. This requires planning and preparation.
Take the following 5 points into account as you prepare your company’s restart plan.
Consider drawing up a short arrangement about this (travel allowance and transport).
The illness and absenteeism arrangements may need to be adjusted.
Each employer must create their own rules or protocol for compliance with the 1.5-metre rule and these should be included in a Risk Inventory & Evaluation (RI&E). The RI&E should contain supplemental information on the risks that the corona crisis entails and the measures that the employer is taking to deal with them. From the employer, the prevention officer is responsible for drawing up the RI&E; this must be done in collaboration with the Works Council (which has the right of approval) and the Occupational Health & Safety Services as it regards changes to the working conditions.
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