The relation of the workplace to COVID-19 is governed by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulation.
Section 8(1) of the OHS Act requires the employer to provide and maintain as far as is reasonably practicable a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of the employee.
Section 8(2)(b) requires steps such as may be reasonably practicable to eliminate or mitigate any hazards or potential hazard before resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE)
It is recommended by the Department of Labour that a combination of controls is required in the case of COVID-19.
Based on job specific Risk assessment, the following should be considered :
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
- COVID-19 Risk assessments
- Policies and procedures regarding: -Safe work practice, Cleaning procedures, Usage of masks, COVID-19 awareness for employees, Contractor control, Visitor Control
- Compliance audits