Check back for regular updates from the world of work response to the COVID-19 crisis
What can workers do?
- Efficient social dialogue at all levels is essential for quick and effective action.
- Workers’ organizations can play an important role in participating in decision making and policies responses to the crisis on COVID-19. They can contribute to the prevention and protection of workers by giving reliable information. Workers' organizations can promote solidarity and non-discrimination / stigmatisation of workers and sick persons.
- Since COVID-19 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets good workplace hygiene practices are essential, e.g. regular hand-washing, using hand and surface sanitiser.
- Avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. If you feel unwell self-isolate and seek medical assistance.
- Encourage responsible behaviour, cooperate with response measures and stay calm.
What can employers do?
- Educate the workforce and communicate regularly with employees
- Reinforce good hygiene practices and take related safety precautions
- When feasible, appoint an emergency management team
- Monitor developments on a daily basis
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home and send sick employees home
- Be mindful of the many different laws and policies implicated that relate to the coronavirus and its impact on the workplace and prepare contingency plans
- Suspend or limit business travel
- Quarantine potentially exposed employees
- Consider having non-essential employees work remotely