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Factsheet for case FR-2020-14/1285 Updated – measures in France

Exceptional aid to cover the extra cost of specific prevention equipment

Aide exceptionnelle pour la prise en charge du surcoût des équipements spécifiques de prévention

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Case created 16 October 2020 (updated 30 July 2021)

Background information

Since April 2020, Agefiph has been offering employers exceptional assistance for the specific management of COVID -19 prevention. This support aims to cover the additional cost of specific COVID-19 risk prevention equipment made available by the employer for the benefit of a deaf and/or hard of hearing person and for people with cognitive problems requiring lip reading for better oral comprehension and better understanding of the group in which they work. Last June, Agefiph supplemented this assistance with the payment of the additional cost of 'inclusive masks' (transparent) to facilitate communication between the disabled person and his or her team.

Content of measure

The financial support is provided to any employer of an employee who is recognised as disabled or in the process of becoming recognised as disabled and for whom specific barrier-removing measures are essential to enable him/ her to return to work.

Modalities and contents

The aim is to finance specific COVID-19 risk prevention equipment. For instance: financing of the additional cost between the price of a conventional mask and the price of an inclusive mask, based on the real cost borne by the company (bearing in mind that the cost of approved inclusive masks does not exceed €15).

Admissibility contents

The funding does not cover equipment for collective use such as FFP masks, alternative protection masks or equipment for the general public, gloves, cleaning or disinfection of the premises, maintenance, deliveries, costs related to marking or location on the ground. Expenditure must be incurred during the period of resumption of activity; the equipment is financed net of tax for a company that recovers VAT.

Specificities for inclusive masks

Eligibility is limited to the disabled employee and their working group. For instance, if a workplace were the disabled employee works has 10 employees, including a deaf or hearing-impaired person, Agefiph will cover the number of masks required for 10 employees. The financial support coverage the needs for a period of 3 months, renewable according to changes in the health context.

Elements to be submitted with the application

  • The quotation(s) or invoice for the expenses to be incurred.
  • A certificate attesting that the employee is recognised as a disabled worker (or that an application for recognition of his or her disability is pending) and is included in the quota system for the employment of disabled workers (beneficiary of the employment obligation).
  • A certificate of employment signed by the employer specifying the date of hiring, the nature of the employment contract (fixed-term, permanent contract, weekly working hours, etc.).


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

30 June 2021

'To meet the continuing need for support for employers, employees and jobseekers with disabilities', the exceptional assistance provided by Agefiph since March 2020 will continue until 31 December 2021, having already been extended several times, Agefiph and FIPHFP announced on 30 June (see press release in Source section).

01 March 2021

As the COVID-19 crisis poses additional challenges for people with disabilities, Agefiph and FIPHFP (Fonds pour l'insertion des personnes handicapées dans la fonction publique), have decided to extend their exceptional emergency aid put in place in the spring of 2020 until 30 June 2021, says a press release from the two organisations dated 1 March. This concerns in particular the exceptional aid for covering the additional cost of specific preventive equipment (so-called inclusive masks, visors, etc.), exceptional aid for teleworking, exceptional aid for travel and aid for distance learning, for example.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Disabled workers
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

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

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


Peak-level social partner organisations participate to the management of Agefiph. Therefore they are consulted on such measure.

Views and reactions

No information available.


  • 01 April 2020: Aide exceptionnelle pour la prise en charge du surcoût des équipements spécifiques de prévention (
  • 30 June 2021: Reprise économique : l’Agefiph et le FIPHFP prolongent à nouveau leur plan de soutien en faveur de l’emploi des personnes handicapées (


Eurofound (2020), Exceptional aid to cover the extra cost of specific prevention equipment, case FR-2020-14/1285 (measures in France), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.