During the COVID-19 crisis there have been many different regulations published in an attempt to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19.

The Minister of Employment and Labour has also published a directive specifically focusing on COVID-19 in the workplace.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a general duty on all employers to take reasonable measures to ensure that their workplaces are a safe and healthy environment for their employees.

The Directive however sets out the minimum health and safety standards which must be applied within a workplace for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It imposes the requirement for a Workplace Plan to be prepared and implemented.

The directive further sets out steps that need to be taken in the event of a suspected incident of COVID-19 within the workplace as well as specific obligations on employers and employees.

If the minimum standards as set out in the Directive are not met employees will be justified in refusing to work until the workplace is compliant. The principle of no-work-no-pay will not be applicable as employees will be entitled to payment during this period

Clink the link below to download the full Directive.

Employment-and-Labour-5-June-2020

For assistance on how this directive impacts your workplace you can contact us on info@pretoriusdavies.co.za.