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The mask guide at work

the masks they will not be mandatory in the work centers, although the companies could demand them if so determined by the occupational risk prevention services once they have evaluated criteria such as activity, adequate ventilation, occupancy level or the distance of 1.5 meters.

This is established by the nineteenth update of the “Procedure for action for occupational risk prevention services against exposure to Sars-Cov-2”, which has just been published by the Ministry of Health, a guide on which these services can rely on. when establishing the risks of a job. The document recalls that, as established this Wednesday by the royal decree that has relaxed the mandatory nature of the face mask in most interior spaces, “in the work environment and in general, the use of a mask will not be mandatory.”

However, “the risk assessment of the job will be the activity that will allow a decision to be made on the appropriate preventive measures to be implemented, including the possible use of masks if this is derived from it.” So shall compulsorylist, for workers in health centres, services and establishments according to what is established in Royal Decree 1277/2003, which catalogs more than a hundred, from hospitals to health centers, dental clinics, assisted reproduction, physiotherapy, pharmacies or orthopedics, among others.

They are also for employees of socio-health centers and means of transport of people. While, recommends its use to workers from vulnerable groups – that is, people over 65, immunosuppressed, people with risk pathologies or pregnant women– “in any situation in which you have prolonged contact with people at a distance of less than 1.5 meters” and workers “related to vulnerable, institutionalized or home environments”.

In any case, the occupational risk prevention services will advise the employer, first obtaining “the opinion of managers, middle managers and representatives of the workers”. To assess the risks of the position, these services will take into account the following elements: adequate ventilation; occupancy level; maintenance of interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters; residence time; exercise; temperature and relative humidity conditions; use of common spaces (changing rooms, dining rooms, etc.); shared means of private transport and the existence of vulnerable people in the workplace.

As has already been the case since the end of March when the new covid control strategy started, the guide recalls that mild and asymptomatic confirmed cases and close contacts should not be isolated or quarantinedbut it does recommend that they take extreme protection measures such as the use of the mask and avoid interaction without it with vulnerable people during the 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

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