ESIC issues guidelines for Covid safety

New Delhi (NVI): The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) today released Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry & Establishment to combat Covid-19.

The guidelines were jointly released by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State  (I/C) for Labour & Employment.

The guidelines have been prepared as a comprehensive planning guidance for employers and workers to use it to help identify risk levels of Covid-19 at individual workplace settings in their premises and to determine appropriate control measures.

These guidelines are in the form of a booklet which consolidates all important measures into a ready reckoner of action points to make the workplace safe Based on the bulwark of infection control measures like respiratory hygiene, frequent hand washing, social distancing and frequent sanitization of the workplace.

It details the structural and administrative measures and HR policies that can be used to control the spread of Covid-19 at the workplace. Guidance for the assessment, categorization and mitigation of risk related to varied work related exposures to Covid-19 and contingency plan has also been provided in the guidelines.  Isolation and management of sickness at the workplace has been dealt with in detail.

Dos and don’ts for social behavior have also been listed for all the stakeholders in the safety guidelines.

Dr V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, under whose constant guidance these guidelines have been prepared, also joined the release as Guest of Honour, the Ministry of Labour & Employment said in a statement.