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newsTimesLIVE reports that it is now a legal requirement for all businesses with more than 50 employees to submit weekly data on Covid-19 cases to the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH).  

This will enable the NIOH to expand the Covid-19 national occupational health surveillance system (OHSS) which requires the collection, analysis and interpretation of occupational health related data for planning, implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions.  The NIOH said the consolidated directive on occupational health and safety measures in certain workplaces made it a legal requirement for employers to submit relevant information of all workers who tested positive for Covid-19 to the institute.  “The information submitted will provide us with an in-depth understanding of the Covid-19 infection spectrum in the South African workforce through dynamic data analytics and visualisation into all phases,” explained Dr Nisha Naicker, head of epidemiology and surveillance at the NIOH.  She advised that there were three different ways to submit workplace data on the OHSS, and guidelines on how to submit the data are available on its website here .

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at TimesLIVE

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