On June 8, 2018 the Ministry of Health complying with the willing in Act 1823, 2017 (about the adaptation of nursing rooms in workplaces) (the “Act”) issued the Resolution 2423 (the “Resolution”) which establishes the parameters for the operation and technical specifications of the nursing rooms in workplaces.
Who must comply with the Resolution?
Companies with assets above 1,500 minimum monthly legal wages (this is, COP 1.171.863.000 for year 2018) or those with lower assets but over 50 female employees.
What should companies do?
- Ensure that the nursing room complies with minimum technical requirements, which include being in a private and exclusive place, away from garbage, pollution, noise, moisture and any unsafety health conditions, having sufficient ventilation, lighting, water-proof floors, walls and table and sufficient electrical connections. It should also have a minimum of electrical appliances and utensils.
- Name a responsible of the operation of the room.
- Control and register the cleaning and disinfection process of the nursing room and document individuals using the room.
- Train pregnant and breastfeeding women and give fathers and family the option to be part of the training. Trainings must be done at least three times a year and comply with minimum requirements.
- Arrange of internal diffusion mechanisms to provide information about breastfeeding.
- Provide educational material regarding nursing approved by the Ministry of Health.
- Register the nursing room before the Health Secretary of the city of the premises of the company.
What should companies avoid?
Companies should not:
- Allow advertising or financial incentives or trainings from companies that sell child food, bottles, milk extractors, diapers, baby creams among other products;
- Accept free samples or donations of artificial milk.
When should companies have the Resolution and Act in place?
The companies should consider the following deadlines to comply with the technical requirements and the Act:
- Companies with more than 1,000 employees: January 4, 2019
- The ones with less than 1,000 employees: January 4, 2022.