Safe return to work

Minutes of the Joint ILO, WHO and the Government of the Philippines Joint Meeting on Safe Return to Work for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

The Minutes of the Meeting highlights the importance of the recommendations and agreements that transpired in the meeting discussions which aims to establish collaboration on this important undertaking in support of safe and viable recovery of MSMEs.

Meeting document | Makati City, Philippines | 22 July 2020
Safe workplace can be the win-win solution in protecting employment while containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing challenges for MSMEs and the informal sector.

The Minutes also covered the presentation of ILO which focused on seven key areas for possible collaboration between the public health sector and the labour and employment sector based on the initial meeting between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Philippines held on held on 12 May 2020 regarding safe work and contact tracing:

1. Collaboration in promoting the guidelines on return to work from WHO and ILO.
2. Link the digital solutions on contact tracing to the workplace safety support.
3. Engage employers and workers in the contact tracing.
4. Support minimizing the stigma of testing so that businesses and workers would not hide the case or delay the reporting.
5. Making the safe workplace practices work in the MSME environment.
6. Communicating effectively the workplace prevention and control measures to the MSMEs including those in the informal sector.
7. Safe work environment at home for those in telework.