Advisory no. 4 guidelines on h1 n1 at the workplace

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  • 1. DEPARTMENT ADVISORY NO. 04 SERIES Of 2009 GUIDELINES ON INFLUENZA A (H1N1)PREVENTION AND CONTROL AT THE WORKPLACE Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 2. I.COVERAGE These Guidelines shall apply to all employers and workers in the private sector
  • 3. II. WORKPLACE HEALTH Provide information  About influenza  Transmission  Outcome  Treatment options Regularly clean the work areas w disinfectant  Soap, clean water etc. Emphasize “EVERYDAY ACTION TO STAY HEALTHY”, such as: Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 4.  Cover nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing Frequent washing/sanitizing (hands) Spitting at proper places Avoid close contact w sick people Increase body’s resistance, sleep 8hrs Drink plenty of fluids Eat nutritious foods Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 5. Workplace with Imminent Danger Situation Employer shall take immediate protective measures to avoid, correct or remove such imminent danger (based on Rule 1010, OSHS)  Install screening program on A H1N1 in accordance w DOH guidelines to include screening which follows procedure using a checklist of questions like: • Recent travel to a country identified w transmission of A(H1N1) • Recent contact w confirmed/suspected A (H1N1) • Affliction by such symptoms as fever>38 degrees Celsius and flu-like symptomsWorkers must take extra precautionary measures which includes strict hygiene,and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Employers shall see to itthat these are worn properly and appropriately while at work and disposed ofaccordingly after use
  • 6. Guidance to Employers for Care of Workers with Fever or Who are ill? SUSPECTED  Provide w face mask  Immediately isolate  Refer to health care provider  Report findings of health provider (if suspected) to DOH  Ensure implementation of recommendation of DOH Response Team (mgt and transport)  Decontaminate work area w appropriate disinfectant• Ill but NOT suspected •Stay home, keep away from crowd •Adequate rest/plenty of fluids •Practice personal hygiene •See appropriate medical care if persistent fever
  • 7. III. LEAVE OF ABSENCE/ENTITLEMENTS LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA)  For workers who are requested by employer to stay home or who are served quarantine order for reasons related to Influenza A (H1N1), these arrangements apply:  LOA maybe charged to annual sick/vacation leave credits under the company policy or practice or as stipulated in their CBA. If the workers leave credits have been used up, employers could consider granting LOA w/o pay. However, employers are encouraged to exercise flexibility and compassion in granting additional leave w pay Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 8.  By mutual agreement, employers and workers/unions could also agree on other arrangements for the worker’s LOAFor workers with afflicted/suspected children or a member of their family:  Who needs to take a LOA  Who chooses to stay away from work to avoid transmissionEmployers are encouraged to adopt a flexible and enlightenedapproach in granting time-off which may include use ofannual leave. For used annual leave, employers may considergranting them LOA without pay Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 9. HOSPITALIZATION BENEFITS In addition to existing company health care benefits and PhilHealth benefits, public and private workers infected with Influenza A (H1N1) may avail of the following:  P150,000 medical insurance package  P75,000 Philhealth hospital benefits - for the dependents of members infected w A (H1N1)SOCIAL SECURITY/EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION BENEFITS - a worker who contacts Influenza A (H1N1) at work is entitled tosickness benefits under the SSS and Employees compensation benefits underPD 626 (ECC Law) Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 10. IV. ASSITANCE TO BE PROVIDED BY DOLE For workers in the country, the OSHS, the BWC and the RO, in collaboration with DOH shall provide the ff:  info on A (H1N1) and workplace concerns including issues related to OSH standards and General Labor Standards  Technical assistance in the form of risk assessment, use of protective equipment including a respirator program, workplace improvements to reduce the likelihood of droplet infection and contamination by materials possibly infected by the virus; and  Capability Building of Influenza A (H1N1) of focal persons in the workplace Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 11.  For OFWs, the POEA, the OWWA and the ILAS shall ensure the information on Influenza a (H1N1) prevention and control during PDOS, by the labor attaches, welfare officers, and the Filipino Associations Overseas.The DOLE agencies concerned shall make a regular progress report on the prevention and control of Influenza A (H1N1) spread in the workplaces. The BWC shall ensure the observance of these GuidelinesV. Effectivity : These guidelines shall take effectimmediately Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI
  • 12. THANK YOUDepartment of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. XI