Labour Dept publishes workplace guidelines for dealing with COVID-19

The department said that it hoped employers would adhere to ensure the safety of workers.

This handout illustration image obtained 27 February 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a transmission electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, as virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab - the spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Department has published guidelines on how workplaces should respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The department said that it hoped employers would adhere to ensure the safety of workers.

Acting Chief Inspector at the Department of Labour Tibor Szana explained what the guidelines entailed.

"Implementing workplace controls which will be very critical for employers to ensure that they have a system that is implemented and that it is being maintained throughout this crisis we are facing. The other aspect in relation to implementing workplace controls, the most critical is the engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices and then the last is personal protective equipment."

The guidelines can be found on www.labour.gov.za

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