Coronavirus: towards softer health protocol in companies?

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 23 June 2020 at 09h32 · Updated on 25 June 2020 at 16h34
Is the French government about to make the health protocol softer in French companies? According to Les Echos daily, the Ministry of Labor is expected to make an announcement soon. The famous “4sqm per employee” rule might be swept away, to let a one-meter distance between each worker.

Rushing return to work. This is the goal the Ministry of Labor is said to set by making the health protocol softer in companies. according to Les Échos daily, the Ministry is preparing a few announcements that will put an end to some measures; measures that are today not making it easy for workers to go back to companies for work.

According to the economic daily, the famous “4sqm per employee” rule, limiting the number of employees on site, might be swept away and replaced with a new measure saying that “each coworker shall enjoy space enabling them to keep at least-one meter distance with any other person”.

As for facemasks, they will be mandatory “when the one-meter distance between people is not possible or likely not to be”.

Still according to Les Echos, this new text says that “working from home no longer is to be privileged, excluding for workers who may risk a severe form of Covid-19 and if they request it”.

This new health protocol will be disclosed by Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud this week, according to the economic daily.

This past June 18, the Confédération des petites et moyennes entreprises (CPME – Confederation of small and medium companies) requested the abandoning of health protocols implemented in companies by July 10 “at the latest”. Invited on BFM Business this June 23, CPME president François Asselin went back on some measures of this new project, and especially the one requesting companies to name a “Covid point of contact”. “In companies with less than ten employees, it could be the boss, beyond, they need a Covid point of contact whose mission is to inform, check measures have been explained to employees well, displayed within the facility” he said. “Another obligation” that does not please CPME president.

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