COVID-19 precautions in the workplace

Posted on: May 26, 2020, in Blog

Many South Africans have started returning back to work and more will be allowed to go back to work in the coming months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is the employer and individuals’ responsibility to ensure that all the necessary protocols are in place and adhered to,  to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

Here are a few guidelines for employees & workers, that they can implement when they return to work.

  • Twice daily temperature reads – Take your employees temperature when they arrive and leave work.
  • Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 70% alcohol.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment. 
  • Face masks should be worn at all times and social distancing protocols must also be adhered to at the workplace. 
  • Provide workers, customers and the public with tissues and trash receptacles. 
  • Where possible, try implementing  staggered work shifts, downsizing operations, delivering services remotely, and other exposure-reducing measures.
  • Encourage sick workers or those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home.

These are only a few pointers to implement at work, if you want a comprehensive guide as suggested by the US Department of Labour, you can download it HERE.

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