Tell me, do you have process in place for COVID-19 Employee Screening and Contact Tracing? If not, we can help!
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The legislation governing workplaces in relation to COVID – 19 is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations.
You will know that Section 8 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, requires the employer to provide and maintain as far as is reasonably practicable a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees. Specifically section 8(2)(b) requires steps such as may be reasonably practicable to eliminate or mitigate any hazard or potential hazard before resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE). However, in the case of COVID–19, a combination of controls is required, although the main principle is to follow the hierarchy of controls.
However, before the implementation of control measures, current risk assessments need to be reviewed and updated, taking into account the new hazards posed by exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. This is in accordance with Section 8 (2) (d) of the OHS Act. Have you got this in place?
With COVID-19, it may not be possible to eliminate the hazard, the most effective protection measures are (listed from most effective to least effective): engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices (a type of administrative control), and PPE. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of control measure when considering the ease of implementation, effectiveness and cost.
During April of this year Aguru, with our partners, went to work to find solutions to help employers now faced with the realities of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. We want to introduce you to AssetPool.
- AssetPool is an asset management system that can help you to digitally monitor and record the conditions of assets and safe-work-procedures when using such equipment. We carved out a specific feature for employee screening (at lower cost!). With this tool, you can follow a formal process for all screening of employees, contractors and visitors coming on site. The information is recorded by means of a mobile application and therefore you have a full record for OSHA audits or any such investigations should there be a positive case at your work. This will give management the confidence that all steps are in place and followed to identify any person at risk before coming on site.
Would you like us to give you a call to discuss and demo these solutions?
Should you need further information or even want us to direct one of our consulting partners to assist you with your risk management protocols, please send an email with your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your support will help us in our mission to fight the COVID-19 disease and save South African lives.