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Factsheet for case PT-2020-4/532 – measures in Portugal

Occupational health and safety promotion - Health professionals

Promoção da saúde e segurança no trabalho - Profissionais de saúde

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 25 January 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Case created 13 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2020)

Background information

Within the scope of the infection by the new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or nCoV), and in order to minimise the risks of transmission of this infection, the Guidelines 002/2020 of 25 January, updated on 10 February 2020, and 003/2020 of 30 January were issued by the General-Directorate of Health. These are addressed to health professionals, notably aiming at promoting their occupational health and safety. These guidelines may be updated at any time and complementary specific orientations will be issued. The situations not foreseen in these guidelines should be assessed case by case.

Content of measure

In order to minimise the risks of transmission of infection, the General-Directorate of Health issued guidelines addressed to health professionals, notably aiming at promoting their occupational health and safety.

These guidelines define procedures in this domain regarding: - how to deal with a case suspect of infection; - how to implement measures of prevention and control of infection when dealing with patients with a confirmation of infection; - how to prevent and control infection in health services, hospitals in particular; - the type and characteristics of individual protective equipment to be used according to the level of care to be provided; - the disinfection of materials and equipments; - environment control; - safe clothes handling; - safe waste collection.

Use of measure

Not available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health associate professionals
      Health professionals



Eurofound (2020), Occupational health and safety promotion - Health professionals, case PT-2020-4/532 (measures in Portugal), 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.