What are the rules for performing preventive medical examinations during the coronavirus pandemic?
Difficulties in the health service in the face of the epidemic also affected such an important issue as preventive medical examinations of employees. A significant number of occupational health centers did not perform their standard services, which raises employers’ doubts and fears as to the possibility of admitting to work people who, through no fault of their own, cannot undergo mandatory examinations.
The amendment to the special act proposed by the government provided for the suspension for the duration of the state of epidemic threat or state of epidemic (i.e. from March 13, 2020) resulting from Art. 229 KP:
- obligation to subject employees to periodic medical examinations;
- a ban on allowing an employee to work without a valid certificate of no contraindications to work in a specific position;
- performing initial, periodic and control medical examinations based on a referral issued by the employer;
- obligation to provide employees employed in conditions of exposure to substances and carcinogens or fibrotic dusts with periodic medical examinations: after stopping work in contact with these substances, agents or dusts; after termination of employment, if the interested person submits an application for such research.
Medical certificates valid after March 7, 2020 shall remain valid for 60 days from the date of cancellation of the epidemic threat or epidemic state. Meanwhile, after the state of the epidemic is recalled, the employer and the employee will be obliged to immediately refer and go for tests and perform them within a period not longer than 60 days from the date of cancellation of this state. Importantly, if an occupational medicine doctor is not available, another doctor will also be able to conduct such an examination and issue an appropriate medical certificate. Such a decision is to remain valid for 30 days from the date of cancellation of the epidemic.