Coronavirus: Information for workers and employers

In order to prevent potential infection with the coronavirus, it is important that employers carry out a risk assessment of possible infection risks. This is especially important in workplaces where you are in contact with many people.

Coronavirus: Updated information for Norway

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health provides advice and updates on the current status of the corona-outbreak. Please see their website:
Coronavirus disease - advice and information

Laid off or temporarily laid off: Information on benefits

If you are laid off or temporarily laid off due to the corona-outbreak, you may be entitled to benefits. Please see the Norwegian Welfare Administration (NAV) for more information:
Information in English (nav.no)

Information on preventive measures at work places

Please see the advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
Workplace advice (fhi.no)

Corona outbreak: The employer must do a risk assessment

As an employer, you must assess the risks and plan preventive measures, if the employees can come into contact with infected people in the workplace or even pose a risk of spreading the infection themselves.

All employers must consider whether they have employees or hired staff who may be in situation with a risk of contracting the virus. The employer must identify and assess all risks and problems.

Examples of risk factors associated with the coronavirus:

  • Workers in risk groups (see overview at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health)
  • Close contact with colleagues or customers / audience (less than 2 meters)
  • Lack of access to hand washing with soap or alcohol-based hand disinfectants
  • Lack of access to necessary personal protective equipment, e.g. gloves, P3-masks, visor/tight goggles
  • Lack of training for employees
  • Work-related travels

The employer shall take measures to prevent the spread of the virus at the work place.

The occupational health service can be contacted if needed for assistance with such risk assessments and the planning of preventive measures.

Must work with the employees

The survey and risk assessment shall be done in collaboration with the employees and their representatives.

The role of the safety representative is to safeguard the employees' interests in matters concerning the working environment. The safety representative shall be included to give advice during the planning and implementation of measures that are important for the working environment.


Contact the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority

Do you have any questions regarding occupational safety and health,
please contact us at:
+ 47 73 19 97 00 svartjenesten@arbeidstilsynet.no