Now that we are back – Level 4: Vulnerable employees.

Many companies are returning to work next week to varying degrees of production.  In preparation for next week, employers need to assess the vulnerability of employees when selecting which employees need to return to work.

Encourage employees to disclose the conditions listed above, and any others that they may be concerned about.

Failure to disclose any information and/or condition should absolve the employer from any liability, because the employer is not is not legally entitled to demand disclosure of any medical condition.

What to do:
1. Communicate to all employees requesting that they disclose any health conditions which may make them vulnerable to the virus. This can be conducted by email or WhatsApp.
2. Investigate the sick leave records of the employees and classify them in terms of the level of vulnerability.
3. Consider the workplace environment, and the health and safety conditions and risks which may affect a vulnerable/potentially employee.
4. Speak to the potential vulnerable employee about their condition.
5. If necessary, insist on clearance from a doctor.

High Vulnerability – employees who should not return to work, and who, ideally would need to work from home.
- Organ Transplantation on immune suppressants
- Cancer treatment
- Severe Chest Conditions (Severe Asthma, Active TB, etc)
- Severe Diseases of Body Systems (Renal Dialysis, etc)
- Pregnancy with Significant Heart Disease
- On Immunosuppressive therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- Other Rare Disorders

Medium Vulnerability – employees who should probably not return to work.
- People older than 60.
- Diabetes
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Emphysema, Asthma (moderate to severe), impaired lung function/ or structural impairment , etc)
- Immunocompromised
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney, Liver, Spleen Disease or Splenectomy
- Chronic Neurological Conditions where there may be breathing or swallowing difficulties.
- Diabetes, Hypertension especially if not well controlled
- Immune suppressant medications e.g. Steroids
- Pregnancy above 28 weeks

Low Vulnerability
- Pregnant less than 28 weeks but otherwise healthy
- Age between 40 and 60 with controlled medical conditions e.g. Hypertension, Diabetes
- Previous TB patients who have recovered with minimal impairment or structural lung damage

PCASA: Stop Press: 28 April 2020

Mark - 11:39 @ common, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, B-BBEE | Add a comment