Record high spread of infection in Swedish workplaces

Since March last year, the Swedish Public Health Agency has urged Swedes to work from home if they can. The government has also emphasized the importance of employers giving employees the conditions required to be able to work remotely.

– We need to ensure that everyone who can really works from home and that employers take their responsibility, said Minister of Labor Eva Nordmark to SVT i december.

Eva Nordmark, Minister of Labor. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT.

Since February last year, employers must also make a so-called incident report to the Swedish Work Environment Authority if any of the employees have been exposed to the coronavirus during working hours.

What does that mean then? Well, it can be anything from the employee coming into contact with drops containing the virus to the employee performing tasks in the vicinity of a person who is suspected or found to be infected with corona because physical distancing has not been possible.

Concerned record

When the Christmas and New Year holidays are now over, more and more people have started working again. This also seems to have led to the spread of infection in the country’s workplaces slipping and reaching new record levels, according to statistics from The Swedish Work Environment Authority. During the last week of December, the Swedish Work Environment Authority received 209 incident reports. This while during the first two weeks they received 361 and 484 applications respectively.

– It is a high number that follows the infection situation in the country. It’s worrying, he says Ulrika Scholander, section manager at the Swedish Work Environment Authority, to TT .

The majority of the reports come from workplaces in health and care and most of the reports during both the autumn and winter concern the spread of infection between colleagues.

– If we say that you and I have a meeting at work, in the evening I get sick and do a quick test that shows that I have corona. Then I was probably contagious when we met and it must be reported, says Scholander.

Corona-related incident reports

Week 2 (2021): 484
Week 1 (2021): 361
Week 53 (2020): 209
Week 52 (2020): 283
Week 51 (2020): 256
Week 50 (2020): 243
Week 49 (2020): 221
Week 48 (2020): 166
Week 47 (2020): 190
Week 46 (2020): 136)

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