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Prevent Covid-19 - How can you do it?

As an employee, you must contribute to ensuring that the working conditions are fully responsible in terms of health and safety within your area of work, and that the measures taken to promote your health and safety function as intended. This also applies to preventing you from becoming infected with COVID-19 (corona virus) or infecting others with COVID-19 in connection with your work.

Five good tips to protect yourself and others

  1. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  2. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow - not into your hands.
  3. Avoid handshakes, kisses and hugs - limit physical contact.
  4. Pay attention to cleaning – both at home and at work.
  5. Keep your distance and ask others to show consideration

It is recommended that you keep 1 metre away from each other. If you belong to a risk group, the recommended distance is 2 metres.

Your employer is responsible for preventing infection with COVID-19 at the workplace

Your employer must ensure that the work can be carried out responsibly in terms of health and safety. Your employer must continuously identify whether there is a risk that you and your colleagues may be exposed to COVID-19 in connection with the work.

If this is the case, your employer must take measures to prevent the risk of infection as effectively as possible, including, for example, by planning the work and by following the Danish Health Authority's general recommendations to reduce the risk of infection.

The Danish Health Authority's general recommendations:

Stay at home in the event of illness. Plan the work so that employees can keep their distance. Make hand sanitizer or a washbasin available. Minimise contact with others. Make regular cleaning a priority

The employer must involve you and your colleagues in the work to prevent and handle infection with COVID-19 in connection with the work. And if the workplace has a working environment organisation and/or a liaison committee (AMO - Working Environment Organisation/MED - Co-influence and cooperation system/SU - Liaison Committee) then it must be involved.

If the company has a working environment organisation and/or a liaison committee, you can use it if you experience problems in preventing and handling COVID-19 infection and other COVID-19 related working environment issues. You can also go to your manager.

Guidance material for various industries to help prevent infection with COVID-19

Instruction and supervision of the work

Your employer has a duty to instruct you and your colleagues on how to carry out your work so that you do not risk becoming infected with COVID-19 in connection with the work.

Your employer also has a duty to supervise that the work is carried out responsibly in terms of health and safety. 

Testing and self-isolation

During the Corona crisis, Denmark has chosen to keep its borders open to everyone working in Denmark and without imposing any quarantine requirements. On the other hand, the Danish government encourages employees to be tested upon entry if they come from a country or a region which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to or from ('orange' countries) due to COVID-19. All other employees are also offered testing. You may also be tested even if you do not have a Danish CPR number.

If you are travelling from a country or region which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to and from due to COVID-19, you should self-isolate and not return to work until you have received a negative test result.

Employees are not allowed to come to work if they have mild symptoms that could indicate COVID-19. After an illness, you may not return to work until 48 hours after you no longer have symptoms.

COVID-19 testing for migrant workers

If you have a Danish personal identification number:

If you have NemID, you can see your test results on sundhed.dk.

If you do not have NemID, you can get your test results by calling Corona Tracking, which is a unit under the Danish Patient Safety Authority, on tel: +45 32 32 05 11, 48 hours after the test has been taken. Please note that Corona Tracking will only have your test result if it is positive. You can also call a general practitioner of your choice after 48 hours.

If you do not have a Danish personal identification number:

Corona Tracking will contact you if the result is positive, i.e. if you are infected with COVID-19. If you have not been contacted by the Corona Tracking authority after 48 hours, then your test result is negative.

If your result is positive for infection with COVID-19, then you must call Corona Tracking on tel: +45 32 32 05 11 in order for the authorities to help you trace your contacts so they can also be tested. If you provided your phone number in connection with booking your appointment via NemID or for the test, you will automatically be contacted by an employee from Corona Tracking.

If you are concerned about complying with the self-isolation recommendations because, for example, you do not have the practical opportunity to isolate yourself, you can talk to an employee from Corona Tracking. Corona Tracking will contact you in the event of a positive test result and inform you of how the municipality can help you with isolation accommodation.

If you do not wish to voluntarily keep yourself isolated, your employer may contact the Danish Patient Safety Authority which, after a specific assessment, may order you to go into isolation if the authority deems it necessary in order to specifically prevent the spread of infection. If necessary, the Agency may ask the police for assistance in carrying out the isolation.

Housing

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

A roof over your head

Although this booklet has been written for the construction industry, the rules apply to everyone regardless of industry.

The owner of a home is responsible for ensuring that the home is safe to live in.

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

The authorities encourage the following of the recommendations on distance and hygiene, and it is therefore important that you are aware of the health authorities' five tips for preventing infection with COVID-19. 

Welfare facilities such as eating and toilet facilities

Your employer must ensure that the work is properly organised in terms of health and safety, and that you and your colleagues have access to eating and toilet facilities in connection with the work.

In connection with the COVID-19 situation, the health authorities recommend that more cleaning is done than usual to avoid any possible spread of infection. This also applies to toilets, eating areas, bathing facilities and other welfare measures.

Cleaning must be carried out using ordinary methods and cleaning agents, but more frequently and thoroughly.

Other information

Other information can be found at:

Coronavirus in Denmark and border crossing

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