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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released a new tool on safety and health for decision makers in the world of work to confront COVID-19.

In a statement issued it said the ten 10 steps are designed of return strategies for offices, factories and all kinds of workplaces in Latin America and the Caribbean that are faced with the progressive lifting of measures.

The ILO’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro noted that occupational safety and health must have the highest priority.

“We must get used to the idea that the workplace will no longer be the same and that it will be in this scenario where a decisive battle against the pandemic will be waged,” he advised.

He said occupational safety and health must be considered as a fundamental investment to protect workers and their families and to ensure the continuity of companies,” adding that it is one of the keys to reactivating production with decent work and for reconciling the objectives of containing the pandemic and economic recovery.

The ILO said the guide is aimed at employers and their representatives, workers and their representatives, joint safety and health committees, occupational safety and health professionals and related institutions and organizations, among others.

The objectives of the tool are to support the adoption of preventive measures in the workplace against the risk of contagion of COVID-19 and other risks associated with the pandemic, encourage social dialogue on the subject, and promote good practices to develop occupational health and safety protocols, the ILO said.