In order to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, the federal government imposed mandatory rules on teleworking and social distancing. These rules come on top of the employer’s previous obligation to guarantee a safe workplace at all times.
Whether your company complies with these measures, you can check for yourself on the basis of a specific prevention checklist COVID-19:
However, this possibility of self-monitoring is now also used by the inspection services of Supervision Welfare at Work to check by telephone / e-mail whether the coronary measures within your company are being complied with.
Therefore, prepare yourself now by discussing this checklist with your internal or external prevention service so that you can give clear answers in case of a check by the inspection authorities. In addition, it is advisable to already gather evidence, for example by taking some pictures of the adapted workplaces and listing the concrete measures that have been taken to secure the workplace.
Penalties for employers in the context of well-being at work are severe, ranging from administrative to criminal fines, and even imprisonment. If the inspection authorities consider that the health or safety of workers is endangered, a decision may be taken to stop the activity of your company or to seal the workplace.
Attention, your employees can also contact the inspection services directly if they are of the opinion that you, as an employer, do not comply with the mandatory coronary measures. They can also report infringements via a specific website. Such a complaint naturally increases the risk of an inspection. It is therefore absolutely advisable to organise the work in accordance with the coronation measures and to communicate transparently with your employees in this respect.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 virus in the workplace, don’t hesitate. We will be happy to assist you in these very unusual circumstances.