ILO / COVID-19 WORKPLACE SAFETY

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As the pressure mounts on countries to ease their lockdown restrictions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Governments to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace, with active involvement and dialogue with employers’ and workers’ organizations. ILO

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STORY: ILO / COVID-19 WORKPLACE SAFETY
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DATELINE: 27 APRIL 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT

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1.Various shots, workers from Spa salon getting ready to open following safety measures

27 APRIL 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Vic van Vuuren, Director, ILO Enterprises:
“In many parts of the world we are moving from a crisis phase to a reactivation and starting-up of business phase. It is so important to remember that we are not getting back to business as usual and we need to take extra precautions on occupational health and safety. Workers clients and consumers and owners of enterprises need to make sure that they know and understand the rules and follow them.”

FILE – RECENT - BALI, INDONISIA

3. Various shots, workers from Spa salon getting ready to open following safety measures

27 APRIL 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vera Paquete-Perdigao, Director, ILO Governance and Tripartism Department:
“The ILO urges all governments, employers, workers to make the necessary effort to ensure a safe return to work. Investing in occupational safety and health is crucial to limit the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the safety, health and well-being of workers and their families, as well as to insure business sustainability. We can’t also forget those who are most vulnerable, such as the workers in the informal economy.”

FILE – RECENT - BALI, INDONISIA

5. Various shots, workers from Spa salon getting ready to open following safety measures

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As the pressure mounts on countries to ease their lockdown restrictions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Governments to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace, with active involvement and dialogue with employers’ and workers’ organizations.

All employers need to carry out risk assessments and ensure their workplaces meet strict occupational safety and health criteria beforehand, to minimize the risk to workers of exposure to COVID-19, says the ILO.

SOUNDBITE (English) Vic van Vuuren, Director, ILO Enterprises:
“In many parts of the world we are moving from a crisis phase to a reactivation and starting-up of business phase. It is so important to remember that we are not getting back to business as usual and we need to take extra precautions on occupational health and safety. Workers clients and consumers and owners of enterprises need to make sure that they know and understand the rules and follow them.”

Without such controls, countries face the very real risk of a resurgence of the virus. Putting in place the necessary measures will minimize the risk of a second wave of contagion contracted at the workplace.

In particular, risk control measures should be specifically adapted to the needs of workers at the frontline of the pandemic. These include health workers, nurses, doctors and emergency workers, as well as those in food retail and cleaning services.

The ILO also highlighted the needs of the most vulnerable workers and businesses, in particular those in the informal economy, migrant and domestic workers. Measures to protect these workers should include - among others - education and training on safe and healthy work practices, free provision of PPE as needed, access to public health services and livelihood alternatives.

SOUNDBITE (English) Vera Paquete-Perdigao, Director, ILO Governance and Tripartism Department:
“The ILO urges all governments, employers, workers to make the necessary effort to ensure a safe return to work. Investing in occupational safety and health is crucial to limit the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the safety, health and well-being of workers and their families, as well as to insure business sustainability. We can’t also forget those who are most vulnerable, such as the workers in the informal economy.”
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