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Germany: New Version of the Covid 19 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance for the upcoming fall and winter

Authors: Verena Braeckeler-Kogel, MAES (Basel) and Meike Christine Rehner

Employers can expect the following measures:

  • Mandatory implementation of hygiene concepts adapted to the specific situation.
  • Keep distance, observe hygiene, ventilate regularly.
  • Reduction of physical contact in the workplace, rooms should not be shared.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory if contact reduction measures cannot be implemented or are not sufficient.
  • Employers should evaluate if they can offer working from home and testing opportunities.
  • The employer needs to inform the employees about the risk of an infection and the vaccination opportunities and must allow employees to get vaccinated during working time.

“Practical Point”

  • The mandatory Covid 19 measures in the workplace are less severe than in previous years. Nonetheless, employers now need to update their hygiene concepts and must keep monitoring the situation.