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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-18/828 – measures in Austria

Recommendation for a gradual relaunch of work - focus on office routine

Empfehlungen zum schrittweisen Wiederhochfahren des Normalbetriebs in Buerobetrieben

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 28 April 2020 – 30 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 May 2020 (updated 02 March 2023)

Background information

In order to support the gradual relaunch of the work following the lock-down phase during March and April, the Austrian Ministry of Interior has published recommendations how to organise the return to work safely. This guide presented here is addressed at office routines. It explicitly stipulates that the listed recommendations are a framework, which has to be adapted individually to the sectoral and corporate specificities and needs, in particular company size, culture, personnal and processes.

Content of measure

In addition to the well-know general health measures, it also issues:

  • Recommendations concerning employees belonging to risk groups (eg.: home office if possible, supply of parking space, reduce contact with others to a minimum, no client contact).
  • General recommendations for enterprises (reduce direct contacts between employees, markers, protective shields, regular cleaning and hygiene, dedicated washing facilities and changing rooms for cleaning personal, individualised usage of tools, ..)
  • Recommendations concerning the organisation of work: organise and plan the change of shifts, breaks and other prescences at work to reduce the possibility of personal contacts in changing rooms, etc.; continue telework as far as possible; promote 'isolated' working in small and fixed teams who use the same workspace and infrastructure and also take their breaks jointly; personal meetings only with protective masks, limited to about 30 minutes; prepare for a second wave, e.g. by further training employees in home-office equipment usage, introduce a hierarchy to monitor the compliance with the measures.
  • Recommendations concerning access restrictions: e.g. restrict usage of elevators
  • Recommendations concerning the canteen: e.g. prolongation of opening hours; implementing fixed slots and rotas for meal-times.

Use of measure

It's a general recommendation. No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partner involvement is unknown.

Views and reactions

Not known.


  • 28 April 2020: Recommendations for the gradual restart of normal operations in companies - focus on office operations (Empfehlungen zum schrittweisen Wiederhochfahren des Normalbetriebs in Unternehmen - Schwerpunkt Burobetrieb) (


Eurofound (2020), Recommendation for a gradual relaunch of work - focus on office routine, measure AT-2020-18/828 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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