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Guidelines to Combat the Spread of H1N1 in Workplaces

Date Posted: May 28, 2009

Due to the alarming cases of H1N1 virus in the country, Department of Labor and Employment had issued an advisory that gives guidelines on the prevention and control of the influenza A H1N1 virus in workplaces to ensure that workers will not get infected.


Secretary Marianito Roque signed the DOLE Department Advisory number 4, series of 2009 that will give guidelines in setting up preventive measures for both employers and employees.


Sec. Roque says, "H1N1 poses a serious threat on people's lives and the economy as well," He also reminds that employers and employees should cooperate to prevent the s[spread of the disease. This is after 2 cases of H1N1 virus have been recorded this May.


If a government/private worker was diagnosed with H1N1 virus, he may avail P150,000 medical insurance package aside from the PhilHealth assistance and company’s health-care benefits. PhilHealth will also provide hospital benefits worth of P75,000 to members and their dependents for proven infected with the virus.


A worker who contracts H1N1 in the performance of his/her work is also entitled to sickness benefits under the Social Security System and employees compensation benefits under PD 626 or the ECC law, Roque said.


The Advisory No.4 ordered establishments to regularly educate all its employees regarding awareness of H1N1. Employers are also asked to monitor or observed its employees with their health. In the event that the employee is sick or has high fever when at work, immediate response and check up should be made to determine the cause of his sickness


DOLE Advisory No. 4 enjoins establishments to regularly provide information about H1N1 including its transmission, disease outcome, and treatment options to their workers. It also asked employers to monitor the health of their workers particularly those with fever and those who have traveled to countries affected by H1N1.


DOLE reminds both employers and employees to stay healthy and observed cleanliness in the workplace. H1N1 virus has infected many individuals around the world. H1N1 symptoms are vomiting, nausea, fever, cough, colds, and diarrhea.



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