Coronavirus: act thoughtfully and limit risks

Last update: 19 december 2021

On this page, you can read about how we as an employer are tackling the coronavirus and the measures we are taking to reduce the risk of more infections. As well as what you can do to help. Of course, we will also answer any questions you may have about the impact the coronavirus is having on your work.

Branch offices are closed for now

Our branch offices are closed. Please give us a call or send us an email instead. We're here to help. View the phone numbers and email addresses of our branches.

Limit risks

It is important to continue to follow the Dutch government’s guidelines

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Give others enough space. 1.5 metres remains a safe distance.
  • If you have any symptoms, stay at home and get tested immediately.
  • Make sure you get plenty of fresh air.

The additional corona measures may change. For the basic guidelines and the current measures, please visit the website of the Dutch government.

Stay alert

Follow the Dutch government’s guidelines at all times and stay alert. We will be doing this too. Has something changed at work? Then we will contact one another immediately. 

Finally

Your work is important. So is staying healthy. By acting thoughtfully and minimizing risks, we can ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work. Thank you for your help in this. 

Frequently asked questions and answers

What should I do if I have symptoms or if I have been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus during the past two weeks?

In these cases, you need to be extra alert. Check the Dutch government website to find out what to do in your situation. If you can't come to work, contact your contact person at the branch. You can be tested for the coronavirus. To make an appointment, see the Dutch government website.

What if someone in my household or family has cold-like symptoms and a fever (above 38 degrees Celsius) and/or shortness of breath?

Follow the advice of the Dutch government and stay at home. Contact your contact person at the branch.

What if I do not have any symptoms?

Then just go to work. If your manager tells you or us that something has changed at your work, we will we will contact one another immediately. 

Can I visit your branch offices?

Our barnch offices are open by appointment. Please come only if you have no health problems. View the visiting addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of our branches.

What can I do to reduce the risk of infection?

The most important measures you can take can be found on the Dutch government website.

What should I do if I think that a colleague is taking increased risks?

See the information on the Dutch government website and point this out to your colleague.

Encourage your colleague to act in accordance with the recommendations. If you have doubts about whether your advice is being followed, then report this to your Olympia contact person and to your manager with the client.

What should I do if I know that I am infected?

Stay home, or go home,  and report sick immediately to the client and your contact person at the branch. The procedure for reporting sick is the same as with a ‘normal’ case of illness. The municipal health service [Dutch: GGD] will determine what further measures are necessary.

What should I do if I know that someone at my work is infected?

In such a case, the GGD will determine what measures should be taken. 

How can I travel safely?

Study the risks and the preventive measures you can take before you set off. See nederlandwereldwijd.nl for more information on this.

Are you thinking of taking a non-essential trip to a country that is code orange or red? Then look carefully at the possible consequences. For example, when returning from these countries, you will often have to go into quarantine, meaning that you won’t be able to work.

How can I safely return to work after a trip?

The Dutch government advises you to test yourself after returning from a holiday or trip abroad before you go back to work or meet other people. Even if you have been fully vaccinated. Which test you use depends on the country that you are travelling from and how you travel. Do you have any symptoms that may indicate corona, such as a cough or a cold? Then you should always go into quarantine and make an appointment for a test at the GGD. Find out when you should take which test once you arrive back in the Netherlands. Are you coming from a high-risk area? Then a mandatory quarantine is applicable. Check when you should go into quarantine.

Is an employer allowed to ask me to get vaccinated?

The government considers it very important that a large segment of the Dutch population choose to get vaccinated. Because a vaccination not only protects you, but ultimately also those people in your environment. At home and at work. As to whether you get vaccinated or not against the coronavirus is your own choice. At the moment, employers cannot force their employees to get vaccinated or ask if they have been vaccinated. This also applies to you as a temporary employee. You can find more information about this on the Dutch government's website (in Dutch).

Is an employer allowed to ask me whether I have been vaccinated?

The government thinks that it is important that a large section of the Dutch population chooses to get vaccinated. Because a vaccination not only protects you, but ultimately also people around you. At home and at work. However, as to whether you get vaccinated against the coronavirus is your own choice. At the moment, employers cannot force their employees to get vaccinated. Employers may currently ask if you have been vaccinated or tested negative, but you are not obliged to answer. This also applies to you as a temporary employee. Employers must have a good reason for asking this question and a clear plan on how to act if an employee is not vaccinated or does not want to answer the question. You can read more about this on the Dutch government's website (in Dutch).

Can an employer require me to show a COVID-19 Certificate?

The employer may ask for one, but you are not obliged to show it.

Can an employer refuse me access to the office or work location if I do not show a COVID-19 Certificate?

The employer may not refuse you access if you do not show a COVID-19 Certificate.

When I voluntarily show my COVID-19 Certificate, may an employer register the information shown?

No, an employer may not register this information anywhere.

Can an employer ask me to take a test if I don't want to show a COVID-19 Certificate to get access to the office or work location?

The employer may in some cases ask you to take a test. The purpose of this must be to increase safety in the workplace. Compulsory testing must also be necessary due to the nature of the work. For example, work in which employees physically work together, such as distribution or production companies or public transport. However, the employer must be careful here. For example, an employer may not carry out a test himself, nor may he register the result of a test anywhere. Strict conditions apply to the performance of the test.