The Department of Labour (DoL) has published the regulations for workplaces returning to work during Level 4 lockdown across South Africa. These guidelines, aimed at preventing the spreading of COVID-19 as economic activity slowly resumes, must be followed across workplaces in all industries.

The Department of Labour, via the South African Government News Agency, has stipulated the following initial regulations to be followed in every workplace:

IN ADDITION TO THESE INITIAL REGULATIONS, EMPLOYERS MUST ALSO PROVIDE WORKERS WITH INFORMATION ON COVID-19 AND HOW TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION.

In line with the Department of Labour’s regulations, the following stipulations must be followed:

WHAT TO DO IF AN EMPLOYEE DISPLAYS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REPORT ANY DIAGNOSIS OF COVID-19 AT WORK TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND, INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE, AND TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES.

Social Distancing

Sanitising and Disinfectants

Enforcement by labour inspectors

Investigation and Enforcement Services

It is clear that the Department of Labour and the Department of Health will not allow employers resuming operation to flaunt the guidelines they have put in place and all businesses are expected to comply with these regulations. If you are concerned about your workplace’s health and safety procedures or adherence, our expert team at Safety First Safety Always will be happy to get in touch with you via online consultation and advise you on how to best proceed.

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