Factsheet for case CY-2020-12/449 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 16 March 2020 – 30 April 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Case created||10 April 2020 (updated 06 May 2020)|
The measure is regulated through the directions for the protection of workplaces of the Medical and Public Health Services of the Minister of Health.
It is issued within a bundle of other measures for the protection of workers in the economic activities that they still operating such as offices, pharmacies, supermarkets, bakeries, fruit markets and generally with activities in the retail market. The overcrowding of supermarkets, especially, and the fear of the spread of the virus among workers and the public were among the reason that the government has taken the measure.
On Wednesday 8 April, the President of the Republic announced the decision of the Cabinet to extent all the measures taken by the Degrees of the Minister of Health up until 30 April 2020. The Minister of Health undertakes, currently, a legal and technical processing of these measures.
The directions include specific measures for the protection of workplaces, workers and the public that make use of the services of workplace and include:
necessary signs to ensure that there is a two-meter distance between citizens and workers both inside and outside the business (i.e. within shops/businesses and in the queues outside). the presence of more than one person per 8 square meters of space is not allowed. adequate ventilation of all workplaces access to water and soap and antiseptic hand gels cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces covering of the mouth with tissues during sneezing and coughing *access to essential consumables including thermometers, single use gloves, cleaning surface liquids, masks.
The directions also include the process for confronting suspected cases in the workplace. The process include the isolation of the worker from the others, provision of masks and gloves to the suspected case worker, immediate communication with the crisis center, avoidance of work space of the affected person and disinfection of the workplace.
No information is available currently.
Workers in essential services
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Ministry of Health and the relevant medical services issued the directions without the prior consultation with social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Protection of workers and the public, case CY-2020-12/449 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.