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Disaster Management Act, 2002
Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces
Government Notice R1031 of 2020
- Published in Government Gazette no. 43751 on 1 October 2020
- Assented to on 8 September 2020
- Commenced on 1 October 2020
- [This is the version of this document from 1 October 2020.]
1. DefinitionsIn these Directions, a word or expression bears the meaning assigned to it in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997) or the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) and in the Regulations made by the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), and published under Government Notice No. R. 480, in Government Gazette No. 43258 of 29 April 2020, as amended, and unless the context otherwise indicates-"BCEA" means the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997);"COVID-19" means Coronavirus Disease 2019;"Department" means the Department of Employment and Labour;"Disaster Management Act" means the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002);"health services" means
3. Risk assessment and plans for protective measures
4. Administrative measures
5. Social distancing measures
6. Symptom screening
7. Sanitizers, disinfectants and washing of hands
8. Cloth masks
9. Measures in respect of workplaces to which public has access
10. VentilationEvery employer must—
11. Specific personal protective equipmentEvery employer must check regularly on the websites of the National Department of Health23, National Institute of Communicable Diseases24 and the National Institute for Occupational Health25 whether any specialised PPE for COVID-19 is required or recommended in any guidelines given the nature of the workplace or the nature of a worker’s duties and the associated level of risk.23http://www.health.gov.za/24https://www.nicd.ac.za/25http://www.nioh.ac.za/
12. Small businessesEmployers with 10 employees or less must take the following measures:
13. Worker obligationsIn addition to the obligations of employees under the OHSA, every worker is obliged to comply with measures introduced by their employer, as required by these Directions.
14. Refusal to work due to exposure to COVID-19
15. No deduction from employee’s remunerationNo employer may make any deduction from an employee's remuneration, or require or permit an employee to make any payment to the employer or any other person, in respect of anything which the employer is obliged to provide or to do in terms of these Directions.
16. Monitoring and enforcing Directions
17. Sectoral protocols and guidelines
18. Amendment of footnotes Annexure AThe Minister may from time to time amend the footnotes and Annexure A and publish the amendments online without issuing an amended direction in order to update the links to any new applicable guideline or recommendation.
19. Withdrawal of DirectionsThe Directions issued in terms of regulation 10(8) of the Regulations made under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act and published under Government Notice No. 639 in Government Gazette No. 43400 of 4 June 2020 are hereby withdrawn.
20. Commencement of DirectionsThese Directions come into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette.
History of this Government Notice
1 October 2020 this versionPublished in Government Gazette no. 43751Government Notice commences.
8 September 2020Assented to by council.
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