MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:
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The Ministry of Labor published on October 16, 2020 an updated version of the “national protocol” to ensure the health and safety of employees in the workplace in the face of the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic: recourse to teleworking, adaptation of working hours in areas where a sanitary curfew is in place, conditions to be able to temporarily remove one’s mask… Update on the main changes compared to the last version of the protocol of August 31st.
The national protocol (21 page document) is an updated version of the protocol published on August 31, 2020, which notably systematized the wearing of a mask following the opinions of the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) of August 14 and 28, 2020.
In areas subject to curfew, employers set, within the framework of local social dialogue, a minimum number of teleworking days per week, for positions which allow it. They are also invited to do so in other areas.
Employers must also ensure that links are maintained within the work group and prevent the risks associated with the isolation of employees working from home.
In addition, and in areas subject to curfews, employers adapt the hours of presence in order to smooth the flow during peak hours. They are also invited to do so in other areas.
Wearing the mask
In areas where curfew measures are applied, the wearing of a mask should be permanent in closed and shared workplaces. It is therefore impossible to temporarily remove your mask.
It is still possible to temporarily remove your mask in other areas subject to certain conditions:
In areas with an incidence of less than 10/100 000 inhabitants:
ventilation / ventilation that is functional and undergoing maintenance;
existence of protective screens between workstations;
provision of visors to employees;
implementation of a prevention policy with in particular the definition of a Covid-19 referent and a procedure for the rapid management of cases of symptomatic people.
In areas with an incidence of between 10 and 50/100 000 inhabitants, there is a double condition: premises of large volume and with high air extraction;
In areas with an incidence greater than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, in addition to the previous conditions, there is a requirement for human density: the premises must have mechanical ventilation and guarantee a space of 4 m2 per person (for example, less than 25 people in a space of 100 m2)
Note: The employer must ensure compliance with barrier gestures during moments of conviviality bringing together employees in the professional context.
Note: Visors are not an alternative to wearing a mask for the general public, preferably reusable, covering both the nose, the mouth and the chin, meeting the specifications of the AFNOR S76-001 standard.
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