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Workplace health protocols pressed

Republika

The government has called for the reinforcement of health protocols to stop the spread of the virus in workplaces.


Both the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) made the advisory on stricter health protocols amid the recent surge in Covid 19 cases in the country.


“As we continue to fight Covid-19 and its new variants, employers/contractors/subcontractors and business establishments are hereby reminded to reinforce their strict implementation of minimum public health and safety standards and protocols in the workplace,” the joint advisory of DTI and DOLE read.


The government’s minimum health protocols include wearing of face masks and shields, hand washing, disinfecting, and physical distancing. Contact tracing is also required in all establishments, with a health officer monitoring that minimum health standards are strictly implemented.


Aside from these public health standards, DTI and DOLE have sector-specific guidelines that needed to be implemented to manage the spread of Covid-19.


“Willful failure or refusal to comply with any of the pertinent minimum public health and safety standards and protocols shall be penalized in accordance with Section 29 of DOLE Department Order No. 198, Series of 2018 and other applicable regulations and guidelines,” the advisory said.

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