Selected economic activities may be allowed to resume as local transmission numbers come down.
But workplaces should begin to put in place a system of Safe Management measures, to prevent the re-emergence of community cases.
This includes implementing a detailed monitoring plan to ensure compliance with the measures, and appointing a Safe Management Officer (SMO) to assist in the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the Safe Management measures.
Telecommute from home, if possible
Employees should be provided the necessary IT equipment and solutions to enable remote working. Internal and external meetings should be conducted virtually where possible.
All events and activities that involve close and prolonged contact among participants, and social gatherings at the workplace should be cancelled or deferred.
Special attention should be paid to vulnerable staff (eg. Older, pregnant, or those with underlying medical conditions), to enable them to work from home.
If telecommuting is not possible, the following precautions must be in place:
If physical meetings are needed, limit the number of attendees and shorten the duration. Suppliers and contractors should implement similar safe distancing measures. Customer-facing operations should adopt queue management measures and use cashless or contactless payment modes.
If you did, inform the clinic of all recent doctor visits over past 14 days for any COVID-19- related symptoms. Submit to your employer records of your MC and diagnoses (for COVID-19-related symptoms) and if you were tested for COVID-19. Closely monitor your health before returning to the workplace.
Protocols to manage potential cases
An evacuation plan must be prepared for confirmed cases, and everyone else at the workplace (both mobile and conscious, as well as incapacitated or unconscious individuals).
For confirmed cases
The section of the workplace where the case worked should be immediately vacated and cordoned-off. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and assets exposed to the confirmed case must be carried out, in accordance to NEA guidelines.
Businesses could be suspended if there are public health grounds.
The above measures must be in place, and communicated and explained to employees prior to resuming work.
If the measures are not well-implemented, tighter measures that affect our economy and livelihoods would have to be introduced.
MOM Advisory - Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
Annex A – Safe Management Measures for various workplace settings
Annex B – Resources to assist companies
Annex C – Checklist of Safe Management Measures at the workplace for resumption of business activities