The Covid-19 exposed a significant number of dysfunctions of our health system but also our working environment.
Since the state of health emergency took effect on March 20, many companies have been forced to lower the curtain. According to provisional figures announced by the Minister of Finance (April 4), 62% of the economic fabric would have declared to be inactive. While the 48% continue their activity to maintain the economic activity of the country but also to guarantee the citizens the basic needs in food, health and other products.
The complaints of the delay
In total, 810,000 employees out of the 2.6 million declared to the CNSS are on temporary leave, which means that 69% of the active population continues to work either by telework or at their place of work.
The question is, what are the measures taken by companies to guarantee the safety of employees and limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, particularly in structures that do not have a doctor on the job?
This pandemic is putting the issue of occupational medicine and its role in the protection and awareness of employees back on the table. Unfortunately, this provision of the Labor Code provided for in article 307 is still not applied by many companies. Morocco’s considerable backlog in health and safety at work is an open secret. And yet, beyond the social aspect, the number of accidents at work constitutes a significant shortfall for the economy.
The supervisory ministry had however announced the launch of a National Occupational Health and Safety Plan (2019-2023) in November 2018 but which has not yet seen the light of day. This Plan was intended to respond to a pressing need to improve the working environment in order to preserve the health of workers, especially in a context of crisis as is the case today.
Today, we wonder who oversees compliance with barrier and security measures within companies, especially at the level of unstructured ones. In the absence of the occupational doctor, required for companies with more than 50 employees, it is difficult to envisage a control. But not only. The deficit in controllers is also a major obstacle for control operations at company level.
After the crisis…
This health crisis highlights the essential role of the occupational doctor, in particular in limiting the spread of the pandemic, the risks of spread as well as his benevolence with regard to the health of workers.
“This Covid-19 crisis must teach us a lesson in making workplace health a national priority and ensuring that the laws in force are applied. Companies must now take into consideration health risks, the consequences of which can be very serious, “explains Abdelaziz Alaoui, chairman of the CMIM board of directors and vice-president of the International Association for Mutual Insurance (AIM).
What is certain is that the Covid-19 exposed a significant number of dysfunctions of our health system but also our working environment. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.