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headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly writes that the newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry.  

Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the 77-member Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines).  The gazetted COP and the mining industry’s SOP are thus largely aligned.  But, ENSafrica mine and occupational safety executive consultant Willem le Roux expressed the view that two of the guideline’s stipulations presented misinterpretation possibilities.  One of these is the requirement under paragraph, which states in considering management of Covid-19 infection transmission, the employer must consider ensuring that employees returning from areas regarded as Covid-19 epicentres are quarantined for 14 days before they return to work.  Le Roux commented:  “On the face of it, it’s very rigid but we must keep in mind that it states that the employer must consider it. So, it’s not that the employer must apply it in each and every instance.  My further problem is that it is not clear what an epicentre of Covid-19 is. When you look at the media and the Department of Health, they refer to epicentres of Covid-19 as any place where Covid-19 has been contracted.”  He urged that a flexible approach be adopted to  “If you must quarantine a person and there's not sufficient space to do so, the person must be given the opportunity to self-isolate for 14 days or go home.

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