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Code of Good Practice on SARS-COV-2 in the Workplace Drawn Up

June 27, 2022

Department of Employment and Labour

The Code of Good Practice: Managing Exposure to SARS-COV-2 in the Workplace has been drawn up.

The employment and labour department published the Code of Good Practice in Government Gazette 46596 in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

According to the notice, notice 1876 published in Gazette 46043 in February 2022 was “made in error and is liable to be set aside”.

An application has been filed in the High Court to have it declared invalid.

The Code focuses on risk assessment and plan and administrative measures.

It is designed to guide employers and employees in managing exposure to SARS-COV-2 in the workplace by providing guidance to employers and employees on various issues including conducting or updating a risk assessment with respect to SARS-COV-2 exposure; drawing up a plan to limit infection, transmission and mitigate the risks of serious illness or death on the basis of the risk assessment; managing absence from work due to infection, isolation and adverse effects of vaccination and seeking to accommodate employees who refuse or fail to vaccinate against SARS-COV-2.

The Code came into effect on the date of publication.