‘Employers should provide face coverings for workers’

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday wearing of face shields apart from face masks in workplaces will be required beginning August 15, as it tapped employers to provide face shields for their workers.

“Effective August 15, you will not only use face masks, including face shield. So, that is the new protocol today,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told the reporters.

Covid-19 transmission is not only limited to the nose, he said, and could also affect the eyes.

Bello said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) has proposed that employers should purchase face shields for their employees.

“The IATF’s proposal is for the employees, after all, it’s just one time––you can only buy once, it’s not too heavy for them,” Bello said, noting that employees who will not comply with the protocol will not be allowed to go to their workplaces.

Bello said employers are liable for non-observance of the health measure in the workplace and might cause the closure of the establishment.

“Those who will use the smoking area, one person at a time. Two is not allowed,” he added.*PNA

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