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Salons reminded that SARS-COV-2 Code of Practice is still applicable

On the 27th of January 2023, the Department of Employment and Labour published a correction to the 24th of June 2022 Government Gazette referring to Hazardous Biological Agents promulgated in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Readers are reminded that the Covid-19 virus and all its variants are regarded as ‘Hazardous Biological Agents’ and that it is the duty of employers, employees, workers and self-employed individuals to adhere to all regulations stipulated in the Code of Practice: Managing Exposure to SARS-COV-2 in the Workplace.

For ease of reference, the EOHCB (Employer’s Organisation of Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty) has published the updated Code of Practice on its website – click here

The Code of Practice requires the following in the workplace:

  • A Risk Assessment
  • A Covid-19 Compliance Officer
  • A Screening Questionnaire
  • An Inspection List
  • A Vulnerable Employee Disclosure Form
  • A Vaccination Status Questionnaire
  • A Vaccination Policy (Voluntary/Mandatory/Combination)
  • A Vaccination Objection Form
  • Worker Awareness Collateral
  • Remote Work Protocols If Applicable

To read the full Government Correction Notice on the EOHCB website click on https://www.eohcb.co.za/ and go to ‘Resources’.