Working at the workplace

It is still important to take different precautions in order to prevent the spread of viruses: preferring distance work if possible, reducing physical contacts between employees, regularly airing out the rooms, using virtual channels to hold meetings etc. People who are sick have to stay home.

Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

How to work safely?

  • Be aware of the risks and dangers that come with your work and take responsibility for lowering them in order to stay healthy. Suggest ways your employer can organise the work more safely, as you know the specificities and possibilities of your work the best.
  • Use personal protective equipment (e.g. wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth with a visor) if you are in the same room with people you do not come in daily contact with. Throw a used single-use mask in the garbage immediately after use.
  • Follow the hygiene rules by washing your hands under warm running water at least every two hours and use disinfectants (e.g. in meeting or break rooms).
  • Use the personal protective equipment that the working place risk analysis conducted by the employer prescribes, e.g. a mask, a visor, gloves etc.
  • Prefer virtual channels for participating in meetings. If that is not possible, keep a distance from other participants, wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth.
  • In order to ensure safety, agree upon the using times of commonly used spaces with your colleagues (e.g. going to lunch or coffee breaks in shifts). Contribute to avoiding overcrowding.
  • Avoid sharing equipment if possible. It is recommended to organise the work so that only one person uses the same equipment and work surface. Clean your equipment and work surfaces regularly.
  • If your work requires assignments abroad that are unavoidable or you decide to go on a holiday trip, get to know the rules in force at your destination and what kind of restrictions you have to follow when you return.
  • Use the HOIA mobile application.

What to do if I get sick?

  • Do not go to work when sick!
  • If you get sick at work, let your supervisor know immediately and go home.
  • If you get sick outside of work, stay home.
  • Contact your family doctor who will make the decision about COVID-19 diagnosis, need for testing and a certificate of incapacity for work.
  • In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important that you also inform your employer if the COVID-19 diagnosis is confirmed.
  • Think through who you were in close contact with before getting sick and up to two days before that, and which equipment or rooms you used. The Health Board informs the close contacts and the employer can organise the cleaning and disinfecting of the work rooms.

What to do if I am a close contact?

  • You are a close contact if you are in contact with a person who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes and closer than 2 meters. A sick person is infectious up to two days before and up to ten days after the symptoms occur.
  • If you are a close contact, stay home in self-isolation for ten days and monitor your health condition.
  • If you are a close contact and have to stay in self-isolation, inform your employer of this and come to an agreement on whether you take a certificate for sick leave, are working from home or using your vacation time. Upon agreement with your employer you can change the time of your annual leave.
  • The Health Board recommends that close contacts do a PCR test when their period of self-isolation ends, in order to discover a possible asymptomatic infection.

Self-isolation is not obligatory for close contacts who:

  • have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and no more than a year has passed since the last dose of the vaccine
  • have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months and been declared recovered by a doctor
  • are considered to be the same as vaccinated, i.e. received one dose of the vaccine after recovery from COVID-19, achieved maximum protection after the vaccine dose, and no more than one year has passed since the last dose of the vaccine, or have become infected with COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, have recovered from COVID-19  and no more than one year has passed since doing the SARS-CoV-2 test that confirmed the diagnosis or the date that the diagnosis was confirmed.

Is it possible to refuse going on assignments abroad?

  • The decision about the unavoidability of assignments abroad and the assessment of the risks related to that has to be done by the employer.
  • You have the right to refuse or suspend work that endangers the health of yourself or other persons, or makes it impossible to follow the requirements of environmental safety.
  • Thus, if you find that you are endangering your life or health by going on an assignment abroad, you have the right to refuse to go.
  • If you are sent to an assignment abroad, your employer has to ensure that you have the necessary personal protective equipment (e.g. a mask, disinfectants etc.) while you are doing the assignment abroad. Follow the rules in force at the destination while on secondment.

Last updated: 15.11.2021