Factsheet for case FR-2020-14/1285 – Updated – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
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)|
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.
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).
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
No information available.
Other groups of workers
|Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|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:
Peak-level social partner organisations participate to the management of Agefiph. Therefore they are consulted on such measure.
No information available.
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, 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.