City stipulates mask wearing guidelines at customer service centers
The Municipality of ETHEKWINI urged the public to note that only certain types of masks can be worn at customer centers, such as the South Durban Basin Sizakala Center at 398 Bluff Road.
These include surgical, dust, tri-layer and N95 masks. Buffs, neck warmers, bandanas, cloth masks with slits and N95 masks with slits are not allowed. This decision was made to ensure the safety of staff and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The head of the Sizakala centers unit, Mavuso Tshabalala, said: “Only certain types of face masks are allowed to be worn by the public in our centers. This is in accordance with version 06 of the Covid guidelines approved by the Executive Management Committee on October 19, 2020. These guidelines are based on the national guidelines. We have placed signs indicating which masks are acceptable at all of our centers. “
He said the guidelines were taken from the Department of Employment and Labor report “Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Measures”. The report states that an employer has a responsibility to create a safe environment for its staff. This includes measures to protect workers from exposure to the virus through their interaction with the public and vice versa.
The municipality has adopted revised guidelines from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition which aim to provide a set of recommendations to the South African garment and textile industry when manufacturing masks for the general public. .
These guidelines specify that masks with breathing valves and vents on cloth masks and neck buffs should not be worn as a preventative method as they offer little or no support to prevent respiratory droplets.
Members of the public are urged to comply by wearing appropriate masks when visiting Sizakala customer service centers.
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