Government Guide to Protect Yourself on Return to Work

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Government Guide to Protect Yourself on Return to Work





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The Executive advises to use hygienic masks, not of a medical type, for citizens who are going to use public transport, although it assures that in work centers “it is not essential” to wear them during the working day if the type of activity does not require it and interpersonal distance is maintained.

This is included in the guide of good practices in work centers to prevent contagion from coronavirus published by the Executive coinciding with the reinstatement, on Monday, of non-essential activities for employees who cannot telework.

The first thing that the document highlights is that you do not go to the workplace if symptoms occur or you have had “close” contact with infected people, until confirming that there is no risk for yourself or others. In addition, the most vulnerable people, due to their age, being pregnant or suffering from medical conditions, should not come, who, if necessary, “can contact their doctor to prove their need for isolation and, if so, it will be considered for work purposes a situation assimilated to an accident at work for the financial benefit of temporary disability “.

Among the measures included in the guide are, in turn, avoiding means of transport that involve the grouping of people and, in the case of using the car or a VTC, take extreme measures to clean it and prevent more than one person from traveling each row of seats.

When traveling by bus, subway or train, it is recommended to keep the interpersonal distance with other travelers and, in the case of public transport, “the guide recommends using a hygienic mask, not a medical one”.

Actions in the workplace

In the work centers themselves, the document prepared by the Executive advises planning all operations so that employees can maintain the recommended interpersonal distance and also the common areas.

In the case of companies or establishments open to the public, measures must be implemented to minimize contact between workers and the public, such as establishing a maximum capacity, enabling access controls or providing personal protective equipment when risks cannot be avoided.

Likewise, when the work space does not allow maintaining the interpersonal distance in ordinary shifts, the work schedules will try to stagger as far as possible, which will also avoid crowds in transport.

Daily tasks of “reinforced” sanitation with authorized products will have to be carried out and sufficient hygienic and protective material must be provided to avoid contagion among workers.

Companies must facilitate teleworking or low-risk working conditions, although in cases where employees are not possible. “If this is not possible, employees in these circumstances may request an assessment from their primary care physician,” says the text.

At the same time, the guide advocates not sharing work teams or maximizing hygiene if this is not possible, as well as ventilating the facilities daily and reinforcing cleaning tasks in all rooms.

“The cleaning staff assigned to these tasks must have proper protection, performing all tasks with a mask and single-use gloves, in addition to having the usual detergents, as they are sufficient, although the incorporation of bleach or other disinfectant products for cleaning routines, always in safe conditions, “reads the document.

Wash the uniform at least 60 degrees

As for the work uniforms, these must be bagged and closed and transferred to the point where their usual washing is done, recommending a full cycle wash at a temperature of between 60 and 90 degrees.

From the Government they are also betting that in the event that a worker presents symptoms while he is at his job, the container where he has deposited handkerchiefs or other used products is isolated, a garbage bag that must be removed and placed in a second trash bag, with closure, for its deposit in the rest fraction (grouping of domestic waste that is obtained once the separate collections have been carried out).

Finally, when arriving home after work, people should take care of distances and hygiene measures, especially if they live with other people who are among the risk groups.

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