The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare published Governmental Agreement No. 19-2023, which repeals the regulations contained in Governmental Agreement 179-2022 of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare for the prevention of COVID-19 in work centers.

Therefore, the following provisions are no longer in effect and are no longer applicable to any work center.

Obligations of Employers:

  1. Ensure social distancing under the Health Alert System and Sanitary Provisions of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, or use physical barriers.
  2. Cleaning work areas, tools, materials, and surfaces, providing adequate supplies for disinfection.
  3. Provide liquid or gel alcohol and soap for hand washing.
  4. Provide masks or mouth masks when appropriate.
  5. Promote information and dissemination campaigns to prevent the spread of SARS COV-2 and disseminate health regulations.
  6. Schedule and allow OHS monitors to train workers on strategies to minimize the spread of SARS-COV-2.
  7. Have a PPRL or PSSO in the workplace (compliance with OHS regulations).

Employer Prohibitions:

  1. Forcing workers to provide services without protective measures to minimize SARS-COV-2.
  2. Suspending workers (asymptomatic or symptomatic) from the workplace without following the health measures for SARS-COV-2.

Worker Obligations:

  1. Comply with the sanitary provisions issued by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance or the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.

Worker Prohibitions:

  1. Execute acts to prevent compliance with OHS measures at work.
  2. Damaging or destroying personal protective equipment or refusing to use it.
  3. Damaging, destroying, concealing, or removing posters created to promote SARS-COV-2 prevention and infection control.
  4. Performing work without personal protective equipment

In this context, only the general provisions on occupational health and safety, which are mandatory for employers and workers, remain in force.