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  • Tax Highlights - July 2020
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Tax Highlights - Jun 2020

20 July 2020

NEW RULEBOOK ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY WORK TO PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE AND SPREAD OF AN EPIDEMIC OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Following are presented novelties on new Rulebook on preventive measures for safe and healthy work to prevent the occurrence and spread of an epidemic of infectious diseases (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 94/20, hereinafter referred to as “the Rulebook”), which came into force on 11 July 2020. The employers are required to adopt Plan on Implementation of Measures for Prevention of Epidemics of Infectious Diseases until 10 August 2020 („Implementation Plan”). Implementation plan forms an integral part of the Risk Assessment Act.

Implementation Plan should prescribe:

  1. Preventive measures and activities which should be taken in relation to control of spread of epidemic disease,
  2. Duties in relation to implementation and supervision of implementation of preventive measures and activities,
  3. Measures and activities to be undertaken in case of outbreak of pandemic.

Below you may find significant obligations which according to Rulebook employers and the employees are obliged to implement.

Obligations of employer:

  • Prior to commencement of work provide written instructions on measures and procedures for prevention of an infectious disease, containing the information on the symptoms of the disease;
  • Organize work is shifts, if possible, by redistribution of working hours with smaller number of employees;
  • Implement strong measures of hygiene, disinfection of workplace and safe garbage removal;
  • Provide to employees soap and alcohol based disinfectants, organize regular cleaning of surfaces, toilets, computers and other work related equipment;
  • In case of infection of its employees implement preventive measures such as disinfection of premises and workplace of the infected employee, entrance and exit procedures in the employer works premises, movement of employees throughout the premises and other preventive measures upon suggestion of epidemiologist.

Obligations of employee:

  • Implement all preventive measures in order to preserve his/her health and health of other employees;
  • Use prescribed instruments and equipment for protection on work;
  • Take care of personal hygiene by washing hands regularly;
  • Keep its clothes separate from equipment for personal protection at work and working clothes;
  • Inform the employer in case they or their family members or other employees has any symptoms of infectious disease.

Additionally, Occupational Safety and Health Officer participates in drafting of the Implementation plan, prepares written guidelines for safe work and protection of employees from the infectious disease, controls implementation of measures set in the Implementation plan, controls usage of equipment and cooperates with state authorities.

Failing of the employer to enact the Implementation plan may lead to fines from 800.000 RSD to 1.000.000 RSD (approximately EUR 6.500 to EUR 8.500) for the legal person and 50.000 RSD (EUR 400) for the director or other authorized person.