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Preventing coronavirus infection in 'green space' companies

'Green space' companies in the horticultural and agricultural sectors, for example, are often well placed in terms of planning work so that employees can maintain social distancing. It is important that the advice given by the Danish Health Authority is followed; coronavirus (COVID-19) can be transmitted both when working indoors and outdoors.

If tasks are planned properly, employees can work at a distance from each other in nursery greenhouses, on landscape gardening tasks and when farming land. However, there are tasks where extra effort is required to prevent coronavirus infection, for example when employees share machinery, work in confined spaces or receive visits from delivery drivers or suppliers.

Danish health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure that work is planned and organised so that it can be carried out responsibly, including in relation to coronavirus infection. The Danish Working Environment Authority therefore calls on employers to follow the Danish Health Authority’s general advice on measures against the spread of infection.

Preventing the spread of infection in 'green spaces'

The Working Environment Authority calls on employers to follow the Health Authority's advice on the prevention of coronavirus infection, by ensuring the following in nurseries, on farms, in forestry work, cemeteries etc.:

Infographic showing COVID-19 precautions

Plan work so that employees are able to work while keeping a distance from one another

For example:

  • Limit the number of employees in confined spaces and create one-way routes in greenhouses, stables, etc. where employees need to pass close to each other.
  • Avoid contact between different company departments or teams where possible.
  • Create a distance between fixed work stations, for example, when packing.
  • Avoid sharing hand tools and sanitise cabs on machinery used by multiple employees.
  • Hold internal coordination meetings outside at a distance or online.
  • Take staggered breaks so that employees do not sit close together in canteen areas etc.

Make handwash or hand sanitiser available for employees in all relevant places

For example:

  • At main entrances, in canteen areas, at entrances to production areas etc.
  • When receiving delivery drivers or suppliers
  • In nursery or farm shop, if applicable

And be sure to encourage employees to wash their hands frequently, including on arrival and at closing time.

Minimise contact with others

For example:

  • Do not shake hands and keep your distance from drivers and suppliers when goods are being delivered or collected. If help with loading is needed, keep a safe distance as possible.
  • If the company has its own shop, there should be signs, markings etc. instructing customers how to prevent infection.
  • If the company carries out work at a customer's home, meet the customer outside and agree details online or by phone, for example in the case of paving or forestry work.
  • Cancel meetings that are not urgent, or hold them over the phone or equivalent, for example meetings with advisers or sales reps.
  • Be aware of other companies' procedures for dealing with coronavirus before working with them.

Make sure that employees with a cough, mild fever or cold are sent home from work and that they stay at home until they are better.

Prioritise regular cleaning and sanitising

For example:

  • Clean or sanitise more often than usual and pay special attention to contact points, such as door handles, taps, coffee machine, microwave etc.
  • Ensure frequent ventilation where possible, for example, in offices, canteen areas and shops, if applicable.
  • Clean shared equipment and machinery that are used by multiple employees, for example, cabs, milking machines or plate compactors.
  • Clean surfaces that have been used by visiting service personnel, for example, vets, delivery drivers etc.

Inform and instruct employees on how to limit infection

The Danish Working Environment Authority stresses that it is generally the employer’s responsibility to make employees aware of any risks that may be connected to their work. The purpose of this is also to create understanding among employees of the importance of each individual protecting themselves from coronavirus infection.

Particularly for foreign workers

  • Advise foreign workers of the Danish Health Authority recommendations before they arrive at the company
  • Go through the company's coronavirus measures with employees, for example, location of hand sanitiser, tool sharing, distance in different work situations etc.
  • Use the Danish Health Authority's poster 'Protect yourself and others' which has been translated into several languages

Poster: New coronavirus - protect yourself and others

Any Questions?

Contact Arbejdstilsynet
The Danish Working Environment Authority (WEA)

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

+45 70 12 12 88
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at@at.dk

Last updated: 25-09-2020