The Ministry of Development together with the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has announced the long-awaited guidelines for organizing work in offices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The guidelines are aimed at increasing the safety of employees providing work in the office and indicating the procedure to be followed in case of suspected COVID-19 infection.

They mainly emphasize two areas:

1. Creating a safe work environment by:

– regular disinfection of common areas,

– Frequent disinfection of common areas, restrooms, and frequently shared items,

– using disposable cutlery or washing dishes in dishwashers at a temperature of at least 60°C,

– frequent ventilation of office areas,

– posting hand washing instructions,

– disinfecting hands before and after using shared office equipment, i.e. printer, multifunctional device, shredder, touch screen control panel, etc.

2 Limit individuals by:

– implementing work shifts,

– ensuring adequate distance between employees in common areas,

– using methods such as cell phone, e-mail, instant messaging for communication,

– reducing the number of employees using common areas at any given time,

– determining the number of people allowed in the elevator (maximum number of people divided by 3) and marking this number at the entrance.

The guidelines also indicate who is obliged to wear a mask in the office – persons who have contact with outsiders and contractors and outsiders and contractors, and also impose an obligation on the employer to notify the appropriate local district sanitary-epidemiological station in case of occurrence of alarming symptoms in an employee that may indicate infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The guidelines also include standard recommendations resulting directly from current regulations:

– maintaining at least 1.5 m distance between workers,

– providing workers with personal protective equipment – masks, gloves or hand sanitizer,

– promoting remote working.

 

More information on the website of the Ministry of Development.