Under What Conditions Can Employees Return to Large Buildings, with Open Offices, from May 15, 2020

The National Institute of Public Health (INSP) recommends a series of rules for companies whose employees work in open offices. These include face masks, hand washing, staggered building entry schedule, daily sorting – including taking the temperature, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between desks and screen dividers for offices with front-facing employees, disinfected every 4 hours.

The rules are set out in the Public Health Recommendations document for specific measures that will be ordered by the competent institutions regarding the resumption of activity in specific areas after the cessation of the state of emergency.

The face mask will be a mandatory daily accessory for every person entering an office building. Everyone who works in open office spaces must wear face masks. Both medical and non-medical masks are recommended, as long as they cover both the mouth and the nose.

As an extra precaution, it is recommended to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and ensure a staggered meal time and a space of at least 2 m between employees when eating.

Every day, employers are obliged to sort employees, take their temperature and send home those who show signs of respiratory infection, such as cough, sneezing, fever, malaise, or rhinorrhea (runny nose). All employees who have a temperature above 37.3 C will be sent home and referred to the family doctor.

Anyone in the office who comes into contact with a suspected or confirmed case of SARS COV-2 (COVID) infection should also be isolated at home.

Regarding the arrangement of workstations in office spaces, a minimum distance of 1.5 m shall be ensured between all employees working back to back, or in a row (one facing the other), and for those working face to face it is mandatory to install a partition, which will be disinfected every 4 hours with an alcohol-based solution.

Also, the workspace will be disinfected more often – at the beginning of the program and every 4 hours.

Another important aspect is the ventilation of the workspace, according to the new labor protection rules.

First of all, the windows will be opened as often as possible, to enter clean air and recirculate the air naturally from the workrooms, where the building has movable windows.

If the air is recirculated in the rooms, a nebulizer for disinfection will be brought every week (at the end of the week, so as not to affect the employees).

The air conditioning installations will also be disinfected periodically, according to the protection norms recommended by the manufacturers.

The ESOP team wishes you an easy return to work, and don’t forget, everyone’s health depends on each of us!

If you would like more information about the business parks in Bucharest where measures have been taken to prevent infection with Covid-19, please contact the ESOP team by filling this brief form, or by phone (+4) 0723.26.61.97 or (+4) 021.528.04.40. We’ll promptly answer your inquiry!

Alexandru Petrescu

Founding Managing Partner of ESOP Consulting | CORFAC International with 20 years of experience in real estate consulting and entrepreneurship.

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