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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-14/1029 – measures in France

Adapting Occupational Health Services to Health Emergencies

Adaptation des services de santé au travail à l'urgence sanitaire

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 04 August 2020 (updated 05 August 2020)

Background information

Occupational health services (OHS) maintain their activity at the service of companies and employees and are actively mobilised in the fight against COVID-19. The Ordinance No. 2020-386 of 1 April 2020 stipulates that, during the crisis, their missions must focus on the following priorities:

  • the dissemination in the world of work of prevention messages against the risk of contagion;
  • supporting companies in defining and implementing appropriate prevention measures against this risk. In this respect, occupational health services must be particularly attentive to requests from employees and enterprises concerning COVID-19;
  • the support of companies which, as a result of the health crisis, have had to increase or adapt their activity.

Content of measure

Occupational health services (OHS) maintain their activity at the service of companies and employees and are actively mobilised in the fight against COVID-19. Ordinance No. 2020-386 of 1 April 2020 stipulates that, during the crisis, their missions must focus on the following priorities:

  1. the dissemination in the world of work of prevention messages against the risk of contagion ;
  2. supporting companies in defining and implementing appropriate prevention measures against this risk. In this respect, occupational health services must be particularly attentive to requests from employees and enterprises concerning COVID-19;
  3. support for companies which, as a result of the health crisis, have had to increase or adapt their activity. This support includes in particular:

  4. individual monitoring of the health status of employees, as adapted by Decree No. 2020-410 of 8 April 2020, in particular to enable recruitment visits to be carried out in companies that are experiencing an increase in activity or need for manpower;

  5. support for the revision of risk assessment for companies continuing or adapting their activity (risks linked to the adaptation of work organisation within the company, to COVID-19, psychosocial risks linked in particular to teleworking etc.);
  6. information on the evolution of knowledge related to COVID-19 (symptoms, treatment, screening, prevention rules etc.);
  7. active support for companies that will resume their activity in the deconfinement phase, by responding to their requests in terms of prevention.

The ordinance also provides that occupational physicians will be able to prescribe sick leave for people suffering or presenting symptoms evoking COVID-19 or at risk of contracting a serious form of the disease. To this end, under certain conditions, they will also be able to carry out screening tests for COVID-19. The content and conditions for carrying out these missions will soon be defined by a decree and an order.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
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:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Involvement unknown.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sources

  • 01 April 2020: Ordonnance n° 2020-386 du 1er avril 2020 adaptant les conditions d'exercice des missions des services de santé au travail à l'urgence sanitaire et modifiant le régime des demandes préalables d'autorisation d'activité partielle (www.legifrance.gouv.fr)
  • 08 April 2020: Décret n° 2020-410 du 8 avril 2020 adaptant temporairement les délais de réalisation des visites et examens médicaux par les services de santé au travail à l'urgence sanitaire (www.legifrance.gouv.fr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Adapting Occupational Health Services to Health Emergencies, measure FR-2020-14/1029 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-14_1029.html

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