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Prevent corona infection in accommodation shared by multiple employees

When several employees share accommodation, it is important to follow the authorities' recommendations for safe distancing and hygiene. Here you can read more about what you, as an employer and employee, should do.

For employers who provide accommodation to multiple employees

As an employer, you should make your employees aware of the authorities' recommendations for distancing and hygiene, for example.

If the employees are responsible for cleaning the house themselves, you are encouraged to inform them about the general health advice on good hygiene and cleaning, etc. prepared by the health authorities in order to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

See recommendations for hygiene and cleaning in the home below and feel free to hand them out to the employees upon arrival at the workplace or make the recommendations available in the provided accommodation.

As an employer, you are encouraged as far as possible, to provide the Danish health authorities' general guidelines to foreign employees before they arrive in Denmark. The instructions are available in English at:

Corona virus/COVID-19 in Denmark and border crossing

You must pay attention to:

  • Whether there are employees who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Take this into account if you make accommodation available to employees in a particular risk group.
  • The rules for how to live in Denmark. You can read the most important rules here:

Roof over your head - The most important rules for accommodation in Denmark

For employees who share accommodation

You are encouraged to follow the health authorities' recommendations regarding distancing and hygiene, as well as how you can prevent infection with corona virus in your home. Below are recommendations for hygiene and cleaning in your home.

There are rules for how to live in Denmark. You can read the most important rules here:

Roof over your head - The most important rules for accommodation in Denmark

You can contact the relevant municipality if your accommodation does not live up to the rules.

Recommendations

When sharing accommodation with colleagues, you should follow the recommendations below to prevent becoming infected with the corona virus.

Clean thoroughly

There is a much greater risk of contact infection when you touch contact points and surfaces that are touched by many people, such as handles, handrails, switches, push buttons, keyboards, armrests, table edges, taps, toilets, etc.

Therefore, frequent and thorough cleaning of contact points is particularly important. General cleaning, i.e. with common methods and cleaning agents is, in most cases, sufficient but can be supplemented with subsequent disinfection, just as a precautionary measure.

There is limited risk of infection via textiles/clothing. In households where residents are tested positive for COVID-19, towels, bedding and underwear should be washed at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees.

Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer

Proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent contact infection via objects, the hands and face. Consequently, proper hand hygiene can prevent the spread of the corona virus in society.

Good hand hygiene is particularly important in the following situations:

  • after using the toilet
  • before cooking
  • before eating
  • after blowing your nose
  • when you come home, e.g. after work, shopping, etc.

It is recommended that you keep your hands away from your face if your hands are not clean so that infection does not come into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth.

Limit physical contact

The corona virus spreads via droplet and contact infection. This means that small droplets from the airways spread via coughing and sneezing, as well as by saliva and nasal mucus infected with the virus. These droplets fall into the surroundings and are touched by others who may then transfer the virus to the face.

Since people who do not have a respiratory tract infection only occasionally cough or sneeze, contact infection is the most important source of infection for asymptomatic people. This also applies to close contact with other people. This is also one of the reasons why health authorities recommend limiting physical contact to others, such as giving a handshake, hugging and keeping your distance, even if you do not have symptoms. 

Keep your distance and ask others to show consideration

Infection by way of coughing, sneezing, etc. can occur by the dispersing of droplets in the immediate surroundings, most of which fall to the ground within a radius of 1-2 metres, and it is possible to effectively avoid the droplets by keeping a distance.

Any questions?

Contact Arbejdstilsynet
The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA)

Phone hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 - 15
Friday: 8 - 14

+45 70 12 12 88
Press 9 for English
at@at.dk

Last updated: 25-09-2020