3G Rule in Force in the Workplace – Struggle for Implementation

Berlin (dpa) – Since this Wednesday, the 3G rule has also applied nationwide at the workplace: According to the Infection Protection Act, employers may only grant employees access to companies if they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested.

On day one, many companies are still working on the implementation, some rely on transitional solutions.

The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) reported open questions from companies at the start. “At the start of 3G in the workplace, for example, companies came up with questions about who is responsible for the documentation of the 3G certificate, especially in the case of field workers,” the company said. “For some companies it was also unclear whether a truck was considered a place of work,” was heard from the business community. Further questions from the companies concerned whether employees were allowed to enter the company in order to take a corresponding test there under supervision.

Large-scale controls

Large companies have meanwhile introduced controls on a large scale. At Siemens, the individual locations decide on the specific implementation of the 3G rule. In Nuremberg, when it was introduced in Bavaria, all employee ID cards for the automatic revolving doors were initially blocked. Anyone wanting to go to the plant had to go to an occupied gate where they were asked for a 3G certificate. Anyone who presented a vaccination or recovery certificate, their employee ID was activated again to open the automatic doors. Anyone who enters the premises with a corona test has to do this again and again via the occupied gates and present current evidence there.

There were longer queues on the first day, after which the situation was straightened out, said a Siemens spokesman on Wednesday. In the broad masses, the measure was positively received by the employees, as it brings additional security. In addition, most of the employees who do not have to be on site work from home at Siemens.

The chemical company BASF is opting for an interim solution. In a first phase up to the beginning of December, security staff will randomly check the evidence of the employees at the factory gates. “In addition, executives will carry out spot checks on site,” said a spokeswoman. In a second phase, BASF is aiming for a digital process. Then the company ID card should provide proof of 3G status and thus control access.

Merck’s own app

The Darmstadt-based pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck has 3G controls its own app has already been rolled out to record the vaccination or recovery status or tests. Only when the evidence has been recorded there, employees can use their ID card to enter the site.

At Volkswagen, employees had to show proof of vaccination or recovery in order to have their ID card activated. The other employees must present a daily Corona rapid test, which is checked at the factory gates. Employees would have to plan enough waiting time, since the checking of the tests by the works security takes time at the change of shift , by vaccination certificate via an app or proof of recovery. Unvaccinated people who cannot work from home must submit a daily test or a PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old. According to the law, employers must check and document the 3G rule on a daily basis.

With the 3G rule, a home office obligation has also come into force: Where there are no operational reasons, it should be possible to work from home will. Employees must accept a corresponding offer from the employer if there are no reasons against it on their part.

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