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Workplace preparedness – COVID-19

Author: Imraan Mahomed – Director & Member of the Management Board, Employment Practice Group Leader, Johannesburg

We enclose a “Workplace Preparedness” guideline issued by the Department of Employment and Labour related to COVID-19.  The guideline makes reference to Health and Safety obligations which the employment team at Lawtons Africa first believed was necessary to stress when the outbreak first hit South Africa in the article called Coronavirus – why South African employers have a common law duty to care.

The aim is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public and stresses the importance for employers to plan now for COVID-19. This should involve plans to address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and other unique characteristics of the virus outbreaks.

It outlines classifying workers exposure to the virus – high, medium and low and well as various controls – engineering, administrative – safe work practices and other information.

Our employment team is on call to assist you with all the legal requirements in this regard so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Key contact:

Employment Practice Group Leader, Johannesburg


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