The risk of infection in the workplace
Are you worried about being exposed to the risk of infection at your place of work? Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the risk of infection.
My colleague is at work although, according to the health authorities, he/she should be quarantined. What should I do?
It is the responsibility of your colleague and your employer to ensure that sick people or persons who should be in quarantine according to government guidelines do not come to work.
If this happens anyway, you need to contact your employer (possibly through your union representative) so that they can ensure a working environment where the risk of infection is minimised in accordance with the guidelines of the authorities.
Speak to your employer about how you handle the specific situation to ensure that infection is not spread and that you are able to work with the least possible risk of infection.
My colleague is coughing and has just been travelling and I worry about attending work. What should I do?
Check the guidelines of the authorities. If your colleague has travelled in one of the quarantined countries, you can contact your union representative (TR) or your manager with your concerns.
If your employer has informed you of how to deal with the risk of infection, follow the instructions given.
Also, always speak with your TR or employer if you have specific concerns. We share in the responsibility of limiting infection, so it is better to bring up an issue once too often than not enough.
The authorities also recommend washing hands frequently as well as the use of hand sanitisers. In addition, avoid physical contact such as hugs and handshakes, including from your colleagues.
Can I refuse to attend work because of the fear of infection?
No, you basically cannot, but we encourage you to speak with your employer and talk about your concerns and opportunities. You can also contact your union representative or work environment representative who can take the dialogue to a higher level. For example, if there is a need for management to communicate widely to employees.
I have colleagues who have visited countries with many cases of COVID-19. How should I conduct myself?
Most people who have spent time in areas with corona virus have very little risk of being infected. Therefore, there is no reason to suspect infection in healthy persons, unless they show signs of infection.
The Danish Patient Safety Authority notifies you directly if you need to go into quarantine because you have been in contact with an infected person.
Initially, therefore, you should act as usual in relation to your colleagues.
In connection with my work, I often receive packages or other material from areas with many cases of COVID-19. How should I conduct myself?
Corona virus does not survive long on surfaces. Therefore, there is no real risk of infection from packages and luggage which have been on the road for several days and at highly fluctuating temperatures. Therefore, there is no need to fear infection from luggage and packages.
Is your employer permitted to ask whether you are infected with corona virus?
In principle, your employer must not ask about the reason for your sick leave, and you are not obliged to disclose it.
This is pursuant to the Danish Recovery Information Act (helbredelsesoplysingsloven). However, it would be most appropriate to inform your employer if you are sick or suspect being infected with corona virus/suffer COVID-19, as this is an infectious disease that, in the worst-case scenario, can have serious consequences.
The authorities recommend that the risk of infection is considered in connection with events with less than 100 participants.