2020 has come and gone and yet it seems COVID-19 is here to stay. With the virus still running rampant and a second wave sweeping the globe, minimising and mitigating the associated risks in the workplace is becoming more and more crucial. As a business, are you able to understand and respond to the impact of coronavirus effectively, and how can you go about reducing its effects?
Responding to COVID-19 in the workplace
While the task at hand may seem overwhelming, there are a number of measures you can put into place in order to mitigate the risk of your environment and your employees:
Make a plan
Having an action plan in place can help you to identify risks, and respond to them effectively when they occur. Ensure that your action plan is regularly reviewed and updated, and that all your employees are aware of it, and what it entails. The more your employees and other third parties comply with your plan, the safer you all will be.
By now we’re all aware of the key measures that need to be taken to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 – regular sanitising, wearing masks, maintaining a social distance of at least 1.5m from each other, and so on. Now what needs to be done is ensuring that these measures are regularly enforced. Having clear policies and ongoing training in place will help to educate and inform your employees, while guaranteeing that health and Compliance standards remain at the highest level at all times.
Make sure both you and your employees are up-to-date with the latest coronavirus information in order to keep safe and healthy. Ensure your information is gathered from only trusted sources such as government, the World Health Organisation and similar reliable news services, and ensure you stay informed of the latest developments at all times. Knowledge is power.
Mitigating risk with NOSA
When it comes to making plans, staying safe and staying informed, NOSA is fully committed to mitigating the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. What’s more, as South Africa’s leading provider of occupational health, safety and environmental training solutions, we’re dedicated to offering ongoing training and education that will allow you and your employees to work safely together, with complete peace of mind.
Specifically created to drive COVID-19 processes in the workplace, our new COVID-19 workplace safety implementation training programme will help you to ensure maximum Compliance and complete workplace safety. Designed as a convenient one-day Webinar for both you and your employees, the programme covers OHS Act sections 8, 9, 13 and 14; RHBA; COIDA; NEM: WA, as well as particular COVID-19 guidelines developed by NOSA. In this way, you and your employees will be able to create an entirely safe, fully compliant workplace – one that prioritises health and promotes ongoing communication and support.