COVID-19 Products

COVID-19: Implementing of Workplace Controls

Dear Sir / Madam

The legislation governing workplaces in relation to COVID – 19 is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations. Section 8 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Act  85 of 1993, as amended, requires 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. Specifically, section 8(2)(b) requires steps such as may be reasonably practicable to eliminate or mitigate any hazard or potential hazard before resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE). However, in the case of COVID–19, a combination of controls is required, although the main principle is to follow the hierarchy of controls.

MRMS provides a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at mitigation and alleviation of the novel Corona Virus in assisting our clients and partners fight this pandemic, putting people first and assuring business continuity of services.

Foreword

Motlhabane Risk Management Services Proprietary Limited “MRMS”  is founded in 2014 by Mr David Motlhabane Mochampi.  MRMS was founded on the back of the extensive experience of David spanning over 10 years  in risk management and facility management  in both the public and private sector institutions

Following the unprecedented global pandemic as an outcome of the COVID-19, MRMS has repurposed our services to respond to the immediate need and secured bulk supply agreements for the provision of the COVID-19 technology products, sanitizers, disinfectant, medical PPE and value-added services compassing all of the above.

Unsurpassed COVID-19 Quality Services

Sanitizers Solution

Bulk Sanitizer

70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is used for the general disinfection of the hands.

All-in-1 disinfectant

A ready-to-use product that can be used as an antimicrobial preservative under EPA and FDA Regulations

Large Desnificting

One of the most effective ways to fight the spread of the new coronavirus is to disinfect highly touched surfaces. Across the world, disinfection teams have descended upon kindergartens, state capital buildings, markets, churches, airports, and public roads.

 Teams of hazmat-suite workers spraying public spaces and surfaces.  This offers the opportunity to also create jobs on a Province, Region and Countrywide basis

Early Detection Technology

Human Temperature Measurement (Dahua Solution)

In these times of high COVID-19 infection rates, a rapid human temperature detection solution is needed to identify infected individuals in highly populated areas e.g. Airports, Corporate Environments, Industries and Schools.

In these times of high COVID-19 infection rates, a rapid human temperature detection solution is needed to identify infected individuals in highly populated areas e.g. Airports, Corporate Environments, Industries and Schools.

The Dahua temperature solution has the following benefits:

  • Non-contact automatic temperature measurement
  • Accurate, fast and multi-person detection
  • Record abnormal temperature information automatically
  • Collect abnormal personnel portrait automatically

Non – Contact Infrared Medical Thermometer

All affected environments will be compelled to have direct control of their environments, in this case, different measures would have to be deployed upon entry to their environments in order to ensure that the spreading of COVID-19 is limited prior to availability of the vaccine.

In addition to our temperature solution mentioned above, we provide an affordable tool in our range of the handheld Thermometers that can be used for rapid temperature screening.

Risk Assessments

The legislation governing workplaces in relation to COVID – 19 is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations. Section 8 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Act  85 of 1993, as amended, requires 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. Specifically, section 8(2)(b) requires steps such as may be reasonably practicable to eliminate or mitigate any hazard or potential hazard before resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE). In the case of COVID–19, a combination of controls is required, although the main principle is to follow the hierarchy of controls.

However, before the implementation of control measures, current risk assessments need to be reviewed and updated, considering the new hazards posed by exposure to COVID19 in the workplace. This is in accordance with Section 8 (2) (d) of the OHS Act.

 COVID-19 Awareness Training

The safety culture will not be the same during and post the COVID-19 Pandemic, organisations and governments would want to better prepare their people on how to better protect themselves. MRMS is an accredited training provider that is registered with the Health and Welfare SETA and Department of Labour, we have amended our existing training interventions to cater for the future requirements of the workplace.

The following key changes have been made in the following programmes:

  1. First Aider Compliance: Every organisation has an appointed first aider/s, therefore they should be better prepared in case any of the employees in their workplace shows COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. SHE Representative: The role of SHE Reps will now include identifying COVID-19 safety threats presented by vulnerabilities in their workplace
  3. COVID-19 Awareness: This training is a new programme that we have introduced, the purpose is to drive knowledge about the virus and how to protect yourselves and the people around you.

Supply of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (ppe)

 

MRMS is aware that while engineering and administrative controls are considered more effective in minimizing exposure to COVID-19, PPE may also be needed to prevent certain exposures. While correctly using PPE can help prevent some exposures, it should not take the place of other prevention strategies.

Examples of PPE include gloves, goggles, face shields, face masks, gowns, aprons, coats, overalls, hair and shoe covers and respiratory protection, when appropriate. During an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, recommendations for PPE specific to occupations or job tasks may change depending on geographic location, updated risk assessments for workers, and information on PPE effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

All types of PPE must be:

  • Selected based upon the hazard to the worker.
  • Properly fitted (e.g., respirators).
  • Consistently and properly worn when required.
  • Regularly inspected, maintained, and replaced, as necessary.
  • Properly removed, cleaned, and stored or disposed of, as applicable, to avoid contamination of self, others, or the environment.

Employers are obligated to provide their workers with PPE needed to keep them safe while performing their duties. The types of PPE required during a COVID-19 outbreak will be based on the risk of being infected with COVID-19 while working and job tasks that may lead to exposure.

 

Closure

Should you require further clarification or follow up on this proposal please contact our Mr Motlhabane Mochampi at MRMS Offices, 79A Pienaar Street, Brits, 0205, South Africa on Tel: +27 12 252 1000/ +27 61 448 8557, Fax: +27 86 601 3765.