THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR MAKING OHS A PRIORITY?

The Department of Labour and Employment is on the verge to employ 500 Occupational health and safety inspectors.

At a conference held at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province, Department of Employment and Labour Inspector-General, Aggy Moiloa, announced that the department is in the process to employ an extra 500 new occupational health and safety (OHS) inspectors. The reason for this is to broaden its scope of work by also focusing on the small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and the informal sector.

“In the next 10 years, health and hygiene will never be the same. We are clear about what we are about to do. When we look back this will be a major turning point. We will be leveraging on the use of technologies to fulfill our objectives,” Szana said

“Workers have a right to work in an environment that is not harmful.  Decent work cannot be achieved without a sound, safe and healthy environment, and when that gets compromised productivity levels suffer,” Moiloa said.

She cautioned that safety should not be done as a ‘by the way’, adding that employers should not be lured by the ‘short cut syndrome’.

William van Greunen OHS Consultant – Compliance Hub

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