Symptomatic or positive tested employee: what process should be in place in your business?

We only consider here the professional sphere of the employee.

As a reminder, the symptoms of COVID-19 are:

In a company, if an employee presents one of these symptoms, he must inform the COVID-19 manager within his company. The COVID-19 manager must isolate him from the rest of the staff, and he needs to provide him with a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask ideally without a valve.

The COVID-19 manager must then contact the government helpline (+352 24 76 55 33) and transmit information related to the symptoms and the person’s activity in the company, such as:

– When was the employee present on site?

– With whom and under what circumstances has he been in contact with other people?

– Have the barrier gestures been respected? Distance of 2m, wearing a mask, etc.

The Health Inspectorate (Inspection sanitaire) will provide the employee with a prescription to perform the COVID-19 test. If the test result is:

– Positive: The Health Inspectorate will place the employee in isolation at home and provide a 10-day medical leave. During this period of home confinement, all contact with other people should be avoided and a surgical mask should be worn whenever in the presence of other people.

– Negative: if the employee has no symptoms, he can return to work.

The Health Inspectorate will also question the employee about his private and professional contacts to determine possible contact cases.

If it turns out that there has been high-risk contact with other employees, i.e. face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes or unprotected physical contact, they are in quarantine at their homes and can work from home, if possible. The Health Inspectorate will provide those persons with an appropriate certificate, if necessary. These persons will have to perform a COVID-19 test on the 6th day after the last contact with the infected employee. If the test result is:

– Positive: The Health Inspectorate will place the employee in isolation at home and provide a 10-day medical leave. During this period of home confinement, all contact with other people should be avoided and a surgical mask should be worn whenever in the presence of other people.

– Negative: if the employee has no symptoms, he can return to work.

Offices must be disinfected.

For more information on isolation and quarantine:

https://covid19.public.lu/fr/sante-protection/quarantaine-isolement-traitement.html

Temporary health recommendations:

https://sante.public.lu/fr/espace-professionnel/recommandations/direction-sante/covid-19-test_david/covid-19/000-covid-191-annexes/recommandations-sanitaires-administratif.pdf

Out of respect for medical confidentiality, the identity of the symptomatic employee and even of the employee who tested positive for COVID-19 should never be disclosed by the employer or the COVID-19 manager to the rest of the staff.

ALEBA’s tips

1. Your ALEBA Safety and Health Representative must be involved in the implementation of these processes and kept informed of the health situation in the company. He/She is also at your disposal for any additional questions, or in case of doubt.

2. In general and depending on the gravity of the situation and its rapid development, ALEBA recommends that each employee scrupulously respects the rules in force in his country of residence and those implemented in his company.

3. The situation is so complicated that, for ALEBA, the common sense of everyone must, at all times, prevail, for their own safety and for that of their colleagues: therefore strictly and always respect barrier gestures and avoid any risky behaviour or situation.