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Friday, 20 March 2020 17:52

This has reference to the communique that was issued by the government today (19th March 2020) stating that it is making arrangements for office workers in the Public Sector to work from home from the 20th to 27th March 2020 and recommended that the private sector follow suit.


The objective is to prevent the spread of the corvid 19 virus by ensuring that masses do not commute using public transport facilities and congregate together. 


Though this poses certain operational issues, employers who are in a position either to allow employees to work from home / distant locations are encouraged to do so and close office premises. In the event, they need to operate from office, deploying a skeletal staff should be considered.


In as much as the foregoing recommendation does not prevent those in the manufacturing / service sectors from carrying out their operations, we urge our members to use their discretion in doing so considering that the greater objective is to support the efforts of the authorities to arrest the spread of this pandemic.


However, in the event members wish to carryout operations as mentioned above, it is suggested that they do so by prioritizing their requirements as well as deploying the minimum number of personnel required. Taking additional precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of employees who are deployed for such operations is a mandatory obligation (Please vide our circular no 21/2020). Further, doing so in consultation with Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of the area and / or Health Ministry officials is encouraged.


Members are also encouraged to discuss these deployments with their employees prior to implementation of special production / operational runs. Consulting with branch unions (in establishments where there are recognized unions) or worker councils (in establishments where such dialogue mechanism are in place) is encouraged. Mobilizing OSH committees, ensuring the minimum social distance recommended (i.e. between employees) and making special arrangements to sanitize the ‘shop floor’ – commencing at the entrance / clocking in machines, vehicles used to transport employees & ‘common areas’ etc. is also encouraged. 



Kanishka Weerasinghe

Director General


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