Dr. Harsh Vardhan Releases Covid-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines For Industry

The guidelines act as comprehensive planning guidance for employers and workers to use it to help identify risk levels of Covid-19 at individual workplace.

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare has released a booklet on ‘COVID-19- Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry’ to ensure the safety of workers as the country is moving towards the unlocking of economic activities.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, and Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) and Labour & Employment released a booklet on ‘COVID-19- Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry’ today, in the presence of Dr. V. K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Ayog.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed his happiness at the release of COVID-19- safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry. “These guidelines are commendable and timely. This will help in the welfare of the industrial workers. The guidelines act as comprehensive planning guidance for employers and workers to use it to help identify risk levels of Covid-19 at individual workplace settings in their premises and to determine appropriate control measures”, he said.

The Health Minister further said, “Government of India under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister is committed to the welfare of the workers. As the country is moving towards the unlocking of economic activities, the guidelines must be followed within the industry premises.”

He added, “Scientific prevention, precaution, and positive attitude will help us in our fight against COVID. This guideline will guide the assessment, categorization, and mitigation of risk related to varied work related exposures to Covid-19 and contingency plan.”

Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that India’s fight against COVID-19 is far better than any other country in the world and continued by saying, “In all the parameters of COVID, India is far  better than many developed countries. The continuously rising Recovery Rate and progressively falling Case Fatality Rate have proven the success of the COVID-19 containment strategy followed by all States and UTs. This is a result of the combined efforts of all the organizations and citizens of the country.” He also praised the ESIC hospitals which are playing an important role in providing services to the COVID patients.

He also urged people to follow all the COVID-19 protocols properly. He reiterated that till the time, a vaccine is available to fight the infectious disease, our social vaccine in the form of mask or face cover, hand washing, and maintaining physical distancing are need to be followed strictly.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, “These guidelines for the safety of industrial workers will encourage people. It is important to prepare ourselves mentally for the present situation and spread awareness about COVID-appropriate behavior.”

Dr. Paul added that the guidelines will act as a beacon of light for the safety of industrial workers. There should be wider dissemination of the guidelines to the target group for COVID safe behavior.

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