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Code of Good Practice on SARS-CoV-2 in the Workplace Under the Spotlight

March 17, 2022

Department of Employment and Labour

The correct issue date for the Code of Good Practice: Managing Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the Workplace is 15 March 2022.

The employment and labour department confirmed this in a statement on the issuing of the Code.

The Code of Good Practice was published in Government Gazette 46043 with an issue date of 15 February 2022.

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.

In the statement, the department points out that Occupational Health and Safety regulations to supplement the Code will be issued.

The department added that the issue date will be corrected.