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

March 16, 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 46043.

The Code is designed to guide employers and employees in managing exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace by providing guidance to employers and employees in, inter alia, conducting or updating a risk assessment in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations in respect of SARS-CoV-2 exposure; developing a plan to limit infection and transmission; implementing the plan; managing absence from work due to infection, isolation and adverse effects of vaccination and accommodating employees who refuse or fail to vaccinate against SARS-CoV-2.

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

The plan is for the Code to come into effect on the date when the Covid-19 state of disaster lapses.

According to the department, once the Disaster Management Act Regulations and Directions fall away, there will still be a need to prevent and mitigate the risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 exposure in the workplace hence the requirement for the Code.