Consultation of the draft decree on obligatory sanitary-epidemiologic examinations has just concluded. It specifies examination obligatory for employees whose tasks involved the possibility of transmitting a contagious disease or infection to others.
The catalogue of jobs specified in the draft involves mainly the production, storage and distribution of food, but healthcare workers, hairdressers, beauticians, employees in education and more are also listed. It is estimated that the new regulations will apply to 370 000 companies.
According to Employers of Poland, the solutions included in the draft would expose employers in sectors mentioned above to additional, completely unjustified costs. Our analyses show that it may amount to an average of 130 PLN for every employee. This sum – considering the natural rotation of employees and the obligation to repeat the examination every two years – may have a significant impact on the finances of many companies, particularly SME’s. We are of the opinion that introducing such an obligation would result in increased bureaucratic demands for doctors and entrepreneurs (eg. by introducing an additional form for medical statements for sanitary-epidemiological examinations). Apart from that, the draft extends the catalog of entities subject to examinations and is very imprecise.
The proposed solutions are inadequate to the dangers they are supposed to restrict. Such a broad catalogue of jobs subject to sanitary-epidemiological examinations would be in force in Poland alone which would decrease the competitiveness of Polish economy. Therefore, Employers of Poland appeal for the draft to be rejected in its entirety.
Andrzej Mądrala, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland