Dealing with COVID-19 in the Workplace

On 17 March 2020, the Department of Employment and Labour issued guidelines to deal with COVID-19 at workplaces.

In summary, the Department reminds employers to:

  • be cognizant of the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the applicable regulations in safeguarding their workplaces;
  • review and regularly update risk assessments, taking into account the new hazards posed by exposure to COVID-19;
  • prepare as far in advance as possible for potentially worsening outbreak conditions; and
  • ‘go back to basics’: conduct hazard identification and risk assessment, determine the level of risk exposure, and communicate with employees.

The complete article is available on the Bowmans website.