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  • Do any special rules apply to the transport of goods?

    The same rules apply to working with despatching and receiving goods as for all other types of job. This means that an employer has to determine whether there is a risk of employees being exposed to infection with the coronavirus. If this is the case, the employer must implement measures that may prevent the risk of infection as effectively as possibly.

    What's unique about freight transport, is that three different bodies are involved in transporting goods from A to B: A sender, such as a freight terminal, a haulier and a receiver, such as a retail store.

    That means that there are multiple employers involved who have to determine whether there is a risk of their employees being exposed to infection with the coronavirus. And that there are multiple employers who have to work together on the implementation of precautions to counter the risk.

    The Working Environment Authority recommends that hauliers consult with senders and receivers of goods to follow the Health Authority's guidelines to reduce infection:

    Plan the work, so that the employees are able to work while keeping a distance from one another. Make handwash or hand sanitizer available for employees at all relevant areas. Minimise contact with others. Prioritise regular cleaning and sanitizing

    • Plan loading and offloading to allow drivers and other employees to maintain a safe distance to each other.
    • Provide washing facilities and hand sanitiser for drivers and others at all relevant places.
    • Ensure that contact with others is kept to the absolute minimum. For example: drivers stay in their cabs to maintain a safe distance to other personnel during loading and offloading.
    • Give regular cleaning and sanitising of the cab higher priority.

    The Working Environment Authority emphasises that it is generally the employer’s responsibility to make employees aware of any risks that may be connected to their work. The intention is to foster greater understanding between employees of the importance of protecting themselves from infection with the coronavirus.

  • Do special rules apply to work on construction sites?

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is contagious, no matter whether work is performed indoors or outdoors. Therefore, work on construction sites has to be organised according to the same guidelines as apply to all other workplaces.

    Danish health and safety legislation requires that employers regularly analyse the risk of employees being exposed to impacts that can be harmful to their health or safety. If work is associated with risk, the employer must implement measures that reduce the risk as effectively as possible.

    Danish health and safety legislation requires that employers safeguard planning and organisation of work to ensure that it can be performed in a responsible manner. This also applies in relation to coronavirus spread. Based on general advice from the Danish Health Authority on preventing the spread of coronavirus, the Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA) is encouraging employers to take steps, coordinated by the client’s health and safety coordinator, to ensure:

    Plan the work, so that the employees are able to work while keeping a distance from one another. Make handwash or hand sanitizer available for employees at all relevant areas. Minimise contact with others. Prioritise regular cleaning and sanitizing

    • That work on individual construction sites is organised so that employees are able to keep a good distance to each other.
    • That wash basins or hand sanitizer is available to employees at all relevant locations on the construction site.

    • That contact with others is reduced. For example, this could be achieved by having employees start work, take breaks and end work at different times so that they can keep a good distance to each other when they change clothes, have lunch, etc.

    • That regular cleaning has higher priority, including disinfecting surfaces in lunchrooms, toilet facilities, etc.

    At construction sites where work is being performed by more than one enterprise, the client’s coordinator must coordinate the measures to be implemented by the employers. For example, this could relate to use of the common welfare facilities as well as coordination of work and passage on the construction site, so as to ensure a good distance between workers.

    The Danish WEA stresses that, in general, employers have an obligation to make employees aware of any risks associated with their work. This is also to generate an understanding among employees of the importance of protecting oneself against infection with coronavirus.

  • How can 'green space' companies prevent the spread of coronavirus?

    'Green space' companies in the horticultural and agricultural sectors, for example, are often well placed in terms of planning work so that employees can maintain social distancing. However, there are tasks where extra effort is required to prevent coronavirus infection, for example when employees share machinery, work in confined spaces or receive visits from delivery drivers or suppliers.

    It is important that the advice given by the Danish Health Authority is followed; coronavirus (COVID-19) can be transmitted both when working indoors and outdoors.

    Danish health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure that work is planned and organised so that it can be carried out responsibly, including in relation to coronavirus infection. The Danish Working Environment Authority therefore calls on employers to follow the Danish Health Authority’s general advice on measures against the spread of infection.

    • Plan work so that employees can maintain a safe distance, for example, by avoiding having too many employees working in a confined space at the same time and holding coordination meetings outside.
    • Provide handwash or hand sanitiser for employees in all relevant places, for example, when receiving delivery drivers or suppliers
    • Minimise contact with others, for example, meet customers outside and agree details online or over the phone
    • Prioritise regular cleaning and sanitising, for example, in cabs of shared machinery.

    The Danish Working Environment Authority stresses that it is generally the employer’s responsibility to make employees aware of any risks that may be connected to their work. This is particularly relevant for foreign workers.

    • Advise foreign workers of the Danish Health Authority recommendations before they arrive at the company
    • Go through the company's coronavirus measures with employees, for example, location of hand sanitiser, tool sharing, safe distance in different work situations etc.

    Use the Danish Health Authority's poster 'Protect yourself and others' which has been translated into several languages 

  • What can slaughterhouses do to prevent infection with the coronavirus?

    During the corona crisis, fish, meat and poultry slaughterhouses can prevent infection of their employees by enhancing their hygiene procedures, which are already a part of food product safety at such plants.

    It is vital that work is planned and organised so that it can be conducted safely. The same applies to preventing infection with the coronavirus. Therefore, the Working Environment Authority encourages employers to follow the Health Authority’s general advice regarding measures against spreading the infection.

    Plan the work, so that the employees are able to work while keeping a distance from one another. Make handwash or hand sanitizer available for employees at all relevant areas. Minimise contact with others. Prioritise regular cleaning and sanitizing

    • Plan all work so that employees can maintain a safe distance between each other, e.g. by avoiding having too many working in a confined space at the same time
    • Provide washing facilities and hand sanitiser for employees at all relevant places, e.g. at entrances to the slaughterhouse they use.
    • Minimise contact with others, e.g. by not shaking hands, and maintaining a safe distance to lorry drivers when goods are being delivered or collected.
    • Give regular cleaning and sanitising higher priority, e.g. by frequently airing out a canteen

    The Working Environment Authority emphasises that it is generally the employer’s responsibility to make employees aware of any risks that may be connected to their work. The purpose of this is also to create understanding among the employees concerning the importance of each individual protecting themselves from infection with the coronavirus.