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A guide from the Ministry of Employment clearly indicates the possibilities of recognition of the occupational nature of an illness in the event of SARS-CoV-2 contamination.
In the assessment, it is important to determine whether the employee is among the groups of people at severe risk of infection in their daily work. Another consideration is the employee’s ability to comply with behavioral measures and use protective equipment.
Thus, the guide contains, among other things, information on :
- the possibilities of recognition of Covid-19 as an occupational disease or an accident at work ;
- examples of specific situations of probable infection in the workplace, such as a pizza delivery person or a policeman in close contact with a person infected with Covid-19 ;
- elements to consider when assessing entitlement to compensation;
- reporting requirements for physicians and dentists and for employers.
Employers must inform the authorities if an employee is infected with Covid-19 and if they suspect infection due to a specific incident or brief exposure to infection for up to five days in connection with work. In case of doubt, it will be up to the employee’s doctor to assess whether the infection should be declared as an occupational disease.