On Monday this week, the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services issued an Advisory that requires employers who plan to reopen their workplaces to carry out appropriate occupational safety and health risk assessments prior to reopening. The Advisory is issued to further compliance with the legal provisions requiring occupiers of workplaces to carry out appropriate risk assessments in relation to the safety and health of persons employed. It also requires employees to come up with a COVID-19 Preparedness Policy Statement that address all aspects of COVID-19 readiness. The policy, which shall form part and parcel of the Employer’s Occupational Safety and Health Policy is to address among other issues, arrangements for dealing with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases and clear guidelines and specific requirements when sick or ill staff may be absent to attend hospital. It is also to include protocols on client handling and standard operating procedures in light of the Covid 19.

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