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ILO's guidance on safe & healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

"A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic"

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world of work. While infections are continuing to rise in many parts of the world, some countries are now working to sustain declining rates and reactivating their economies. Governments, employers and workers and their respective organizations have a key role to play in reinforcing the progress made in stemming infection rates by ensuring a safe return to work. This requires cooperation and coordinated action, as unsafe work practices anywhere pose a threat to health everywhere.

Safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental for decent work and are the foundation upon which policy guidance for the return to work must be based. This guidance note aims to: (1) assist governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in developing national policy guidance for a phased and safe return to work, and (2) provide guidelines for workplacelevel risk assessments and implementation of preventive and protective measures according to a hierarchy of controls.1