Following the announcement 23 March 2020 by the Government regarding a national lockdown for a period of 21 days to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease, we will have to stop training for the period Friday, 27 March to Thursday, 16 April 2020. We will commence classes again 17 April 2020 onwards. You can still arrange for booking through Rochell Burger on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her directly 0861 22 77 66.
As the concern around Covid-19 increases, your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. To assist, Safe-T-Con wants to ensure that our attendees are protected by all means possible. In light of this, we urge clients to take the necessary precautions when you attend any of our training sessions. We also encourage anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of flu or who thinks that they may have been exposed to the virus to contact their healthcare provider and to rather excuse themselves from attending the registered course. Postponement can rather be arranged.
As a precaution measure we have decided to ensure the following:
- No groups exceeding 10 attendees at a time.
- Spacing between attendees will be encouraged.
- We will provide each student a mask to wear, especially when they have to do any practical work.
- Hand sanitizer will be strategically placed in the training venues.
- We will make sure that each student gets more than 1 set of gloves and it is compulsory to wear it with every practical.
- When practicing CPR on the dolls we make sure that we have enough disinfectant swabs or wet wipes before the next person starts their practical demonstration.
- We will ensure that we wipe all door handles and surfaces at least twice a day.
- The training venue is properly sterilized, including tables and chairs after each contact session.
In the meantime how can you avoid possible Covid-19 infection:
Because the virus is spread by droplets and touching surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, you should do the following to prevent getting infected:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water – normal soap and water is enough to kill the virus, you don’t need special antibacterial soaps
- If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol hand gel or liquid that contains at least 60% alcohol – the alcohol in the gel will be enough to kill the virus
- Do not touch your face if you have not washed your hands
- Practice good cough etiquette – don’t use your hands to cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze – use the crook of your elbow, or a tissue when coughing and sneezing, and throw the tissue away after you have used it. Then you need to wash your hands
- Avoid spending time with people who are sick – sick people should stay at home
- If you are in a public area, try to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people
- Avoid shaking hands or hugging other people if they are sick
- Reduce the risk by reducing personal contact (e.g. shaking hands) and cleaning your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and after coughing or sneezing.
We will stand together to fight this virus at all costs and will thus ensure your safety thereto at all costs.
Yours in continued service.
SAFETY ARTICLE 1
Responsibilities Of Employers Towards Employees Who Work at Home
With the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, employers are forced to let their employees work from home. Although this sounds like a very good idea, as it reduces expenses for both the employer as well as the employees, the question still remains: what will be the employer’s responsibility towards these employees?
What an employer can do to minimise risks at a worker’s home will be totally different to what they can do at the usual workplace. All employers must still understand that, although the employees are working from home, he/she, as the employer will still be accountable for the safety of the employees at work, under the OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993.
Every employer should consider to:
- provide guidance on what is a safe home office environment, including what a good work station set up looks like and how to keep physically active
- require workers to familiarise themselves and comply with good ergonomic practices, for example by referring to a self-assessment checklist
- maintain daily communication with workers
- provide continued access to an employee assistance program, and
- appoint a contact person in the business that workers can talk to about any concerns.
Employers should also think about how their existing policies and procedures apply when working from home. These procedures should include:
- notification of incidents, injuries hazardsand changes in circumstances
- consultation and review of work health and safety processes, and
- attendance, timesheets, leave and other entitlements and arrangements.
Working from home may change, increase or create new work health or safety risks. These possible new risks include:
- physical risksfrom poor work environment, such as workstation set up, heat, cold, lighting, electrical safety, home hygiene and home renovations, and
- psychosocial riskssuch as isolation, high or low job demands, reduced social support from managers and colleagues, fatigue, online harassment and family and domestic violence.
Employers must always, as far as reasonably practicable, provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, regardless where this work environment will be.
It is, therefore, imperative that before employees begin working in their home an audit is carried out which needs to cover the following:
- Hazard identification and assessment of the risks employees will be exposed to at home
- Environment Inspection regarding space, lighting, ventilation, fire hazards etc.
- Ergonomics – the functionality of the office set up and layout
- Manual handling, filing of items, retrieval of boxes, equipment etc.
- Work practices applicable to the business of the employer
- Emergency and contingency planning which includes security