Africa Safety

Group of Companies

Your Safety – Our Responsibility

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LIFTING COVID-19 will still be a SIGNIFICANT RISK to business.We can assist you to comply to the requirement to start operation of your business.

The Occupational Health & Safety Act requires that business create a Safe working environment for:-

  • Employees
  • Visitors
  • And those you will never come into contact with.

This provides a significant challenge to companies. Why?

  • The employer versus employee versus the unknown, requires an in-depth analysis on conducting business in a sustainable way.
  • Employees could bring the virus back into the workplace.
  • Visitors, contractors, 3rd parties could bring the virus into the workplace.
  • The virus could be unwittingly acquired in public spaces.
  • Knowingly allowing a COVID-19 person on site can incur serious criminal consequences.
The employer has responsibilities to shield the employee and 3rd parties by creating a safe working environment.
  • Employers will need to do a risk assessment on all the possible scenarios that could arise and cause cross contamination. For example:-
    1. Personal Protective Equipment might need to be provided, hand sanitizers need to be available.
    2. What action will be required for when contamination has arisen?, etc.
  • This means creating new policies, procedures and methodologies to mitigate risk. For example:-
    1. Company employees.
    2. 3rd parties visiting your company. (representatives, friends, deliveries and so forth).
    3. Face to face meetings. (reception, boardroom discussions, general workplace discussions).
  • Identifying and implementing solid structures to mitigate risk will be a prerequisite to maintaining a zero risk environment. For example:-
    1. A daily health assessment declaration for all entering company premises.
    2. Routine sanitizing of all surfaces
    3. Creating a solid awareness program for all in the working environment.

The employee has the responsibility to preserve themselves and anyone they come into contact with by maintaining a safe work environment.

  • They need to make the company aware if they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms.
  • They need to report to management if they suspect any other employee might have symptoms that might affect the company.
  • They need to make the company aware of risk exposure to themselves.

This is only a very small snippet of what companies can expect and are required to implement.

TIME is of the essence. There is only a small window available to make change.

It makes sense for responsible management to start working on solid reformation of the workplace.

Preserve your company and business continuity.

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