Solo lunch, temperature checks: New normal protocols for the workplace

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Posted at Jun 01 2020 08:42 AM | Updated as of Jun 01 2020 08:45 AM

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Millions of Filipino workers who returned to work on Monday would have to follow new protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

These measures include frequent handwashing, staying at least one meter apart from co-workers and refraining from eating lunch together, said Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay. 

Those with a temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius will be barred from entering the workplace. They will be asked to rest for 5 minutes before repeating the temperature check. If their temperature does not go down, their office must coordinate with health officers, she said. 

Workers should also fill out a checklist of their possible exposure to the virus, and should be provided with face masks and disinfectant, the cost of which cannot be deducted from their salary, said Tutay. 

Employers can pursue disciplinary action against workers who will refuse to report for work even if they are provided with shuttle services and lodging near the office, she said. 

"Pamantayan pa rin po natin iyong health and safety ng ating mga manggagawa kaya kailangan pong mag-comply sila sa lahat ng workplace measure para ma-prevent po natin at ma-control iyong pagkalat ng COVID-19," Tutay said. 

(Our standards still rest on the health and safety of our workers so they need to comply with all workplace measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.) 

DZMM, June 1, 2020