ILO and its partners release a new COVID-19 Guideline to protect both businesses and workers

A new Guideline on COVID-19 Prevention at Workplace was jointly launched by the ILO and its partners, providing key preventive actions and measurements to ensure sustainable businesses and better protect workers in Indonesia.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 11 February 2021

The ILO, Ministry of Manpower and the Indonesian Medical Association for Occupational Health (IDKI) jointly developed and launched the latest guideline to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic to Indonesia’s world of work titled: “Guideline on COVID-19 Prevention and Control at the Workplace". The joint Guideline highlights key actions and measurements to prevent and control the pandemic in order to not only ensure sustainable businesses, but also better protect workers.

the Ministry of Manpower encourages workplaces to take preventive actions and implement occupational safety and health (OSH). We need to take strategic, systematic and effective actions to prevent and control COVID-19 pandemic through the application of OSH protocols."

Haiyani Rumondang, Director General for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of the Ministry of Manpower
Launched on 8 February before more than 1,000 viewers, the Guideline includes national legal frameworks on COVID-19 prevention and control, steps on business sustainability plan, COVID-19 prevention and control programme at workplace with focuses on preventive, curative and rehabilitative approaches as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Haiyani Rumondang, Director General for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of the Ministry of Manpower, said in her remarks for the publication, said that “the Ministry of Manpower encourages workplaces to take preventive actions and implement occupational safety and health (OSH). We need to take strategic, systematic and effective actions to prevent and control COVID-19 pandemic through the application of OSH protocols.”

“The ILO continuously support the Ministry of Manpower through tripartite actions aimed to strengthen the implementation of OSH to prevent and control the pandemic at workplace. Through this Guideline, workplaces can take comprehensive actions to ensure sustainability of businesses and the protection of workers,” said Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director for the ILO in Indonesia, appraising the launch of this joint Guideline.

This Guideline support safer and more sustainable businesses. This Guideline also provides samples of checklists and forms that are easily used and replicated by companies to ensure safe working environments and to better protect the workers."

Danang Girindrawardana, Executive Director of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo)
The Guideline provides a reference for companies to create safe and hygienic workplaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic at workplace. The Guideline covers issues related work-related risk assessment, risk-assessment for workers, procedures and implementation mechanisms, resources and the role of tripartite in preventing and handing the COVID-19 pandemic at workplace.

It also integrates COVID-19 protocols into companies’ OSH programmes, such as the first aiders to handle emergency cases at work and the adjustment of other health programme during pandemic such as health and well-being, mental health, HIV/AIDS and TB.

It is very important for the Guideline to be well-socialized to all leaders of trade union confederations so that this can be socialized to their members and workers in general."

Elly Rosita Silaban, President of the Confederation of All Indonesian Trade Unions (KSBSI)
The Guidelines receives a good support from both employers and workers. Danang Girindrawardana, Executive Director of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo), appraised the joint initiative to sustain businesses during the pandemic and beyond. “This Guideline support safer and more sustainable businesses. This Guideline also provides samples of checklists and forms that are easily used and replicated by companies to ensure safe working environments and to better protect the workers,” he said.

Meanwhile, support from national trade union confederations was represented by the Confederation of All Indonesian Trade Unions (KSBSI). Elly Rosita Silaban, President of KSBSI, underscored the importance of active involvement of trade unions in the prevention process of the pandemic at the company level. “It is very important for the Guideline to be well-socialized to all leaders of trade union confederations so that this can be socialized to their members and workers in general,” she stated.