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Compensation for occupationally acquired novel Coronavirus diseases

The Department of Employment and Labour has unveiled its guidelines to deal with COVID-19 at workplaces within the context of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act of 1993. The OHS read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations issued in terms of section 43 of the OHS obliges the employer to provide and maintain as far as is reasonably practicable a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees.
All employers are required to review current risk assessments before implementing control measures considering the new hazards posed by exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
In response to this, RMA has prepared this circular in order to assist employers, employees and healthcare providers with clarity on what constitutes an occupational disease within the context of the COVID 19 pandemic and the process of submitting the claim in accordance with Compensation of Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993 (COIDA).
You can download the document by clicking here, or view it below.
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