So what is Occupational Health and Safety?
Every day, millions of South Africans go out to work and they want to know that their workplace is a safe place to be. Occupational health and safety describes the rules and regulations that help to keep workplaces protected from death, disease and injury.
So how does it work?
Safety in the workplace is in everyone’s best interest. In South Africa both the employer and the employee have responsibilities.
The employer must:
- provide safe and maintained workplaces so the employees are not exposed to hazards
- provide adequate instruction supervision and training for employees
- ensure that workplace hazards are identified and addressed
- report any accidents for investigation.
The employee must make sure they take steps:
- Not to endanger themselves at work
- Not to endanger their colleagues at work
Many workplaces have occupational health and safety representatives. These are employees who represent their colleagues, help to keep hazards under control with and deal with safety issues. They also investigate and report on accidents in the workplace.
So what is a hazard?
A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm.
A pile of books may not look very dangerous, but if left lying on the floor where someone could trip, then it becomes a hazard
and that is not good.
The best thing that can be done with a hazard is to remove it.
If the hazard can not be removed then the next best thing that can be done is to try and control it, to limit the danger.
This can be through warning notices, proper training or physical barriers.
If you think you have seen a hazard, then make sure you report it.
Accidents happen because:
- people fail to report hazards and nothing gets done about them
- they have not had the proper training to do the job
- they try to cut corners.
Remember, your safety is important.
- Make sure you have the correct tools to do the job.
- Always check signage and follow safety instructions.
- And if in any doubt, always ask your supervisor before starting a new task.
In this way, everyone can enjoy working in a safe environment.
Occupational Health and Safety.
We believe that Occupational Health and Safety is going to become more and more of and issue in South Africa.
With specialist focus in Occupational Health and Safety we will implement a cost effective and practical program in your company that will keep you ahead of the legal requirements.
We supply all signage, policies, procedures, evacuation plans, safety plans and OHS training for your company.
The Compliance Hub staff have a combined experience within OHS of over 30 years, and are available to offer their experience in ensuring your compliance.
Is your RECORD KEEPING up to date?
- Are all occupational injury or illnesses, except minor injuries requiring only first aid, being recorded as required on the OSHA 200 log?
- Are employee medical records and records of employee exposure to hazardous substances or harmful physical agents up-to-date and in compliance with current OSHA standards?
- Are employee training records kept and accessible for review by employees, when required by OSHA standards?
- Have arrangements been made to maintain required records for the legal period of time foreach specific type record? (Some records must be maintained for at least 40 years.)
- Are operating permits and records up-to-date for such items as elevators, air pressure tanks, and liquefied petroleum gas tanks?
We have a one stop solution for your entire OHS the law is very clear that this is your responsibility.
We stock all the department of labor posters, first aid boxes, fire extinguishers, signage and documentation.
The department of labour is once again doing the rounds inspecting companies Occupational Health and Safety.
Stay 1 step ahead as our Health and Safety consultants are currently offering an obligation free OHS Assessment to help you determine your companies current OHS Status.
OHS IS A SIMPLE OPERATION THAT CAN PROTECT YOU AS A BUSINESS EXECUTIVE / DECISION MAKER FROM BEING HELD LIABLE IF A STAFF MEMBER or Visitor IS INJURED OR KILLED on your premises.
Did you know that Legislation requires the employer to do everything ''reasonably practicable'' to protect people from harm. As an employer you need a OHS File (no matter how many employees you have!) As employers are expected to ensure that the place of work you provide your employees is safe and that prior to an incident all potential hazards are identified and measures are implemented to ruduce any risks to ensure that your employees are safe.
It DOESN'T matter how many employees you have, 1 or 1000, the Labour Law is clear.
Sec 8 General duties of the employer to the employees
Employers need to look at their particular work situation and ask questions like:
Did you identify hazards and risks prior to an incident occurrence ?
Were adequate measures implemented to reduce any hazards?
Do you have a safety evacuation plan and a SHE Policy for your organization?
Do you have trained first aiders and fire marshals on the premises ?
Is your first aid box up to date and stocked with the correct medical equipment?
Do you have the correct type and quantity of fire extinguishers and are they serviced up to date?
Do you have the relevant ACTs clearly posted as Wall Charts ?
Avoid fines by displaying the following information:
Injury and Disease Act
Labour Relations Act
Please do not wait until there is an injury and investigation.
Please let one of our consultant's visit your premises for an OHS analysis of your company - it is both painless and hassle free. They will issue you with a summary of what is both correct and incorrect.
We can also assist you implement a full OHSA plan in your company.
Please reply with OHSA in the subject line and we will send an OHS representative to visit and perform the initial check to expose the potential pitfalls and to issue your company
We stock a full array of emergency signage, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, Act Wall Chart and Training provider contacts to keep you compliant with the law.
If you have answered no to any of the above you face potential action from the department of labour.
Sec 38 Offenses Penalties and Special Orders
Any person who fails to comply with Act by:
- False info, misleading, fails to appear, etc. R50 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or both such fine and such imprisonment!
- thereby causing any person to be injured, or would have been guilty of the offence of culpable homicide as a result of such act or omission, R100 000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or both such fine and such imprisonment!
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