Coronaviruses (CoV)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

COVID-19 Workplace Management

The aim and intended outcomes of the COVID-19 workplace management program (CWMP) is to ensure businesses/ employers are implementing the control measures to prevent the workplace transmission of COVID-19 that may result in occupational injury and ill-health and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.

The program is designed to be used by employers and businesses when making decisions about operations and employee and customer safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The purpose of the assessment is to:

  • Provide simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Provide a framework for businesses/employers to make risk-informed decisions about the operations of their businesses.
  • Determine employers/ businesses compliance with the relevant national regulations and international standards or recommendations in relation to COVID-19.​
  • Grade and manage employees/ workers risk of occupational exposure to the COVID-19 virus as appropriate.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace

COVID-19 Risk Assessment, Screening & ComplianceRisk Assessment Package

The purpose of our assessment is to provide a framework for managing Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) risks and opportunities, in the context of COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 Risk Assessment, Screening & ComplianceScreening Package

Our skilled healthcare workers provide a comprehensive COVID-19 signs and symptoms screening at entry point and successful linkages to primary healthcare systems and support services.

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COVID-19 Risk Assessment, Screening & ComplianceCompliance Package

In South Africa, the legislation governing workplaces in relation to COVID-19 is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations.

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