Conditions for those returning to work

2020-05-06 06:01

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  • EMPLOYMENT and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says returning to work can’t be business as usual.

He was speaking at a media briefing on Sunday as South Africa gets ready to open up some business sectors under Level 4 of the lockdown.s

He stressed that measures must be in place before businesses open. “These are minimum measures, and employers can go beyond that.”

Measures include limiting the number of workers allowed at a business at any given time, screening for Covid-19 symptoms, adequate sanitising facilities, ventilation, provision for social distancing and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Employers will ultimately be responsible for supplying workers with PPE. Two cloth masks must be provided per employee.

Employees must inform the employer of symptoms, failure to do so at work will be breaking the Health and Safety Act. Employers must place workers with symptoms in isolation and provide transport to medical facilities. Employers must also inform the Health Department of any positive cases. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Employers must also grant workers who contract Covid-19 paid sick leave.

“I need to make the point that whilst we depend on the good will of responsible employers, workers also have a responsibility here — to wash or sanitise their hands, to wear the PPEs provided, to keep their workstations clean, and to follow directives in relation to health and safety.

“This is in everyone’s interests — so that everyone remains safe and we curb the spread of the coronavirus.”

Nxesi said that 2 226 labour inspections have been conducted to date. The rate of compliance of those workplaces inspected is now at 60%. Basic measures and PPE are available in most workplaces.

Live-in domestic workers and people who work in households to care for children, the mentally ill, the disabled, the sick and the elderly can return to work tomorrow, said Nxesi.

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