8. Safeguarding employees
The employer ensures that employees can comply with health recommendations (hygiene and distance). The STOP principles (substitution, technique, organisation, personnel), continue to apply, the employer takes measures such as the possibility of working from home (teleworking is no longer compulsory but is still recommended), the establishment of physical separations, the separation of shifts, regular ventilation, the wearing of a face mask.
It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in the workplace, but it is up to the employer to decide where and when it is still necessary to wear a mask.
Employees who are in contact with consumers, customers or visitors must wear a mask indoors (e.g. restaurants or retail outlets). The mask is no longer mandatory outdoors, unless the employer decides otherwise for specific reasons of protection of his/her employees.
Employers may ask their employees to present a certificate if this allows them to determine appropriate protective measures or implement screening plans. Information on the immune status or screening result may not be used for any other purpose.
The use of the certificate and the resulting measures must be subject to consultation with employees (this means consultation with the staff committee or with employees directly in small organisations) in order to obtain the opinion of the staff, to allow the latter to express their opinion, to make possible counter-proposals to the recommended measures that could be implemented after the checking of the staff who hold a Covid certificate.