The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Friday released the guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19 for private sector institutions allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ).
The guidelines cover all workplaces, employers, and workers in the private sector.
The government earlier released a list of businesses allowed to operate during ECQ and GCQ periods.
Below are the health and safety standards to be implemented in all workplaces.
Before entering buildings or workplaces all employers and workers shall observe the following:
Inside the workplace personnel shall observe the following measures:
For those who will be physically present at workplaces, the government discouraged prolonged face-to-face interaction between workers and masks shall be worn at all times.
Meetings are advisable to be kept at a minimum number of participants and at shorter durations.
Office tables, meanwhile, should be arranged to maintain proper physical distancing and barriers may be provided between tables.
“Work station layout should be designed to allow for unidirectional movement in aisles, corridors, or walkways,” the guidelines read.
The number of people in closed spaces such as rooms or stores shall be limited and elevator use should consider one meter physical distancing.
The government encouraged the use of stairways, but subject to physical distancing requirements.
“If more than two stairways are accessible, one stairway may be used exclusively for going up and another for going down,” the circular read.
Online systems are highly encouraged to be utilized for clients needing assistance from offices including use of videoconferencing.
Roving officers shall always ensure physical distancing and observance of minimum health protocols.
In the event that a worker is suspected of COVID-19, the following shall be observed:
If a worker is sick or has fever but is not suspected to have COVID-19, the employer must advise the worker to stay at home and keep away from work or crowds, take adequate rest and plenty of fluids, practice personal hygiene, and seek proper medical care.
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Registration starts at March 12, 2018, Monday, 1:00 p.m.