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[LISTEN] Employer obligations to prevent coronavirus outbreak in the workplace

As government works to contain the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, questions have been asked about what employers obligations are.

Eusebius McKaiser sat down with ENSafrica's employment law department director Audrey Johnson to find out.

There is nothing different here to what your usual obligations are but I think the only thing that is different with the coronavirus is how highly transmissible it is. That might be the one thing that means that employers have to take extra precautionary steps to prevent an outbreak in the workplace.

Audrey Johnson, Director - Employment law department at ENSafrica

The legal obligation on employers is to provide employees with a healthy and safe working environment and to take all reasonable endeavours to eliminate the risk exposure of employees.

Audrey Johnson, Director - Employment law department at ENSafrica

I would suggest that certainly having soap and running water and access to be able to wash your hands frequently, that is something that is reasonable and that employers are required to ensure is available to employees to prevent, generally, the spread of germs.

Audrey Johnson, Director - Employment law department at ENSafrica

Johnson says employees are also obligated to ensure that they minimise the risk of exposure to others.

At the end of the day the employees also have an obligation to keep their hands clean and to minimise the risk of the spread of germs.

Audrey Johnson, Director - Employment law department at ENSafrica

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