Employers are required to undertake sanitary procedures and cleanliness measures for the workplaces including regular cleaning and sterilizing of desktops, phones, and keyboards as well as promoting and encouraging regular hand washing by employees. Employers shall provide hand sanitizers, soap, and display info stickers that illustrate the correct way to wash hands inside the workplace. Additionally, employers should ensure the availability of masks for those who have symptoms of a runny nose, and display info stickers on sneezing etiquette that helps reduce the prevalence of (COVID-19) inside the workplace. Employers should avoid sending staff on business trips to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent. In case there is an urgent need to send employees on business trips, they need to be informed of precautionary measures for COVID-19 infection. Employers should require that employees with a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 ° C or more) stay at home (or work from home) (See Measures).
Companies that operate accommodation for their employees must establish a sterilization room where employees can enter and exit the accommodation with automatic doors, provide transport buses with sanitization devices, designate special isolation rooms for employees that show signs of illness and ones for foreign employees who have recently arrived in Saudi, constantly check the temperature of employees from distance (using a laser thermometer), provide for masks and other means necessary for the protection of employees from the COVID-19 (See Guidelines).
Employers of employees working at the points of entry, such as passport and customs employees, transport operators, ground services and shipping companies, and others whose work requires direct dealing with travelers or their luggage or shipments imported from abroad must all comply with the COVID-19 Measures for Workers at Ports issued by the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (See Measures).
Companies the employ workers at ports must take effective measures to protect the health and safety of their employees including the provision of accurate information and training on work policies aimed at the prevention of COVID-19 as well as ensuring adequate cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces (See Measures).
Food and water companies must comply with the health and safety COVID-19 measures for workers in food or water factories (See Guideline).
All companies are encouraged to take additional measures to protect their employees from the spread of COVID-19 during the month of Ramadan (See Guideline).
Employers should continue to check with relevant authorities for the latest information:
– Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control
– Ministry of Health COVID-19 Page
– MOH Twitter account
– Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter account