Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Employers should respond in a way that considers the level of disease transmission in their communities and revise their business response plans as needed. We have compiled this handy guide to assist you.
Steps all employers can take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2
Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
If one does not already exist, develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can help guide protective actions against COVID-19. Stay abreast of guidance from federal, state, local, tribal, and/or territorial health agencies, and consider how to incorporate those recommendations and resources into workplace-specific plans. Plans should consider and address the level(s) of risk associated with various worksites and job tasks workers perform at those sites. Such considerations may include:
Plans should also consider and address the other steps that employers can take to reduce the risk of worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in their workplace, described in the following sections.
Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures
For most employers, protecting workers will depend on emphasizing basic infection prevention measures. As appropriate, all employers should implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including:
Develop Policies and Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick People, if appropriate;
Where appropriate, employers should develop policies and procedures for immediately isolating people who have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, and train workers to implement them. Move potentially infectious people to a location away from workers, customers, and other visitors. Although most worksites do not have specific isolation rooms, designated areas with closable doors may serve as isolation rooms until potentially sick people can be removed from the worksite.
Contact Information as provided by the Department of Health.
CORONA VIRUS(COVID-19) 24-HOUR HOTLINE NUMBER:0800 029 999
CORONA VIRUS(COVID-19) WhatsApp Number:0600 12 3456
Step 1: Save the number to your contacts on your cell phone.
Step 2: In Send the Word “Hi” to Covid-19 Connect and start chatting.
Source: www.ohsa.gov Health and Safety in the Workplace
Source: http://www.health.gov.za Department of Health
For more information please download the official OHSA guide on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19 in South Africa. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf