Return2Work Initiative, Solidarity Fund launch videos to advance workplace safety

12th January 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia - Creamer Media Reporter

The Return2Work Initiative has launched a range of accessible back to work safety videos to address the need for workplace safety as thousands of South Africans return to work from all over the country.

These videos are available free online for use and distribution to any business, union, employee or member of the public on the website.

“With the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping through the country, every effort must be made to limit transmission. Safety at work is paramount to ensure the wellbeing of employees and their families, as well as business productivity.

Minimising the impact of the second wave in workplaces requires that employers across the public and private sectors, together with unions, take the lead in working together to get the “safe back to work” message out”, Return2Work and the Solidarity Fund said in a statement.

Raising awareness among workers and employers has been facilitated through the release of six educational videos which have been loaded onto the Return2Work website.

The videos are available in isiZulu, isiXhosa and seSotho with English subtitles.

The videos cover a range of key messages about staying safe in workplaces by wearing masks properly; maintaining physical distancing; sneezing into one’s elbow; following workplace protocols in terms of daily screening; travelling safely on public transport to and from work; socialising safely outside of work; and when and how one should self-isolate.

The videos supplement a range of workplace-focused educational resources launched by Return2Work in December. The educational resources provide clear and targeted content on workplace safety.

Both the educational resources and videos can be freely downloaded and distributed through email, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.