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Compulsory break due to FFP2 masks? Employees really annoyed - "lost working time"


A company informs its workforce about the new corona rules. But when it comes to the breaks in wearing FFP2 masks, the fun stops for an employee.

A company informs its workforce about the new corona rules.

But when it comes to the breaks in wearing FFP2 masks, the fun stops for an employee.

FFP2 masks increase the protection against infection enormously, both for the wearer and for those around him.

That is why they are seen by politics and science as one of the most effective weapons in the fight against the coronavirus *.

To ensure that FFP2 masks do not lose their filter performance, a break must be taken after a certain period of wear.

But it is precisely these break times that annoy an employee.

Breaks when wearing FFP2 masks: "Breaks without work must be stamped out"

What happened?


federal government's


SARS-Cov-2 occupational

health and safety ordinance stipulates that medical face masks, FFP2 masks or higher must be worn since Wednesday if certain protective measures cannot be met.

In an e-mail to the workforce, a company informed the employees about the new rules and at the same time pointed out that with FFP2 masks a break of 30 minutes must be observed after 75 minutes of wearing.

As far as clear, but the trigger for the annoyance follows immediately in the postscript:

"Breaks without work must be stamped out."

An employee didn't like this sentence at all and he promptly posted the letter on the social platform Jodel:

“Are you serious?” He

commented on the picture, and added in the comments: “I have zero problems wearing a mask.

I really don't mind.

I'm about the

lost working hours

. ”Is his employer forcing him to take an

unpaid break


Also read:

FFP2 mask requirement: When does the employer have to pay for the expensive protection?

“Pause time” only refers to time without an FFP2 mask

A yodel user immediately gives him the "appropriate" advice: "I just would

n't clock out

and either take the breaks or not".

Another says: “There is no obligation to keep these times.

These times come from the employers' liability insurance association and are a bit out of context.

In every doctor's practice, FFP2 is used for 8 hours and that's it. "

In fact, with

FFP2 masks, mandatory wearing and break times are


in the

occupational safety


"This can also be achieved by alternately planning activities with a mask and activities without a mask," says the website of the professional association for health service and welfare (BGW).

“The recovery time does not exclude light physical work.” The

break time only refers to the mask-free time

and not to an actual




The employee may get upset completely in vain, because the work instructions of their supervisor do not indicate whether an unpaid break actually has to be taken.

The employer could assign him another task during the break in wearing.

He added that he would have nothing against the corona measures at his company.

“I would

think that would be perfectly fine if we could work from home


But it is not, because it has been completely overslept in the last few years and our IT cannot handle anything. ”Hopefully this will change soon.

(as) * is part of the nationwide Ippen central editorial network.

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Source: merkur

All life articles on 2021-01-27

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