14 Health and Safety Compliance must haves

14 Health and safety compliance must-haves Importance of Health and Safety Compliance Simply defined, health and safety compliance means abiding by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. A list of compliance must-haves ensures more employees' safety and their return to their loved ones at the end of each working day, under South African work environment. Health and Safety compliance serves the purpose of implementing, promoting, and maintaining the highest degree of physical, mental, and social well-being of all employees in the organisation. It also serves the purpose of preventing adverse health issues, illnesses, injuries, and death which can arise from working conditions and the work environment. There are numerous businesses that rely on internal processes to ensure health and safety compliance. However, the gold standard is to obtain assistance from health and safety consultants like MAKROSAFE in the meeting, and overcoming, the challenges which are faced to ensure an adequate health and safety management system is in place.  Once employer have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the workplace is both healthy and safety, they also have the duty of further promoting and maintaining these high health and safety standards that have been achieved. Workplace health and Safety compliance also serves the purpose of equipping employees in the workplace with the necessary skills and abilities to safeguard their own health and safety. Thus, it is imperative for employers to ensure that their employees receive the necessary training. Health and safety compliance are not optional, it is compulsory by law. It is for this reason that the Department of Labour enforces it through numerous Acts such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Posted date: 2nd Feb 2021
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Workplace health and safety compliance

The Purpose of Workplace Health and Safety Compliance The most common definition of health and safety compliance is that it means that one conforms to a rule. This can involve a specification, policy, a standard or a law. Regulatory compliance describes the goals that businesses aspire to achieve to ensure that they are not only aware of, but take steps to comply with various relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Health and Safety compliance is an imperative and prevalent business concern. This is due to the number of regulations that require businesses to be vigilant in ensuring that a full understanding of regulatory compliance requirements is maintained. The general misconception that businesses, and employers, have is that health and safety compliance does not apply to them, or only certain aspects apply. However, the Occupational Health and Safety Act applies to everyone, despite the industry, size, or nature of business of the company. Occupational Health and Safety strategies, however, differ across industries but it is still imperative for a legitimate business with employees to ensure that there is an adequate health and safety programme is in place. The purpose of Health and Safety compliance is to ensure that employees are provided with a workplace in which their health and safety is ensured. Health and Safety compliance involves the implementation of the highest level of physical, mental, and social well-being of employees.

Posted date: 1st Feb 2021
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Health and Safety Compliance Audit

Health and Safety Compliance Audit When it comes to evaluating a business’ health and safety performance, health and safety compliance audits are fundamental. If your health and safety compliance audit consist of inspections, and interrogations, you’ve either had terrible experiences or you can expect the worst feedback and false health and safety report. Health and Safety audits should not be a policing process. They are key for finding out where your safety performance currently sits, and where it needs to be – as per the agreed parameters. So, think of them as a positive learning opportunity to improve the health and safety of your organisation. Health and Safety Compliance means that an employer conforms to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard, or law. In this case, the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Health and Safety Compliance is a prevalent business concern. This is partly due to the ever-increasing number of regulations. These require businesses to be vigilant in maintaining a full and working understanding of their requirements towards regulatory compliance. Although OHS strategies may differ across industries, legitimate business with employees must have a proper safety programme in place. Legislation exist to govern the way in which businesses operate and in South Africa, this is dictated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Thus, employers, despite the industry, size, or nature of business of the company, have legal duties towards their employees. These duties are stipulated in Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Employers are responsible to provide employees with a workplace which does not pose any risk to the health and safety of employees. In addition, according to Section 14 of the same Act, employees are also tasked with the duty of ensuring that they safeguard their own health and safety along with that of fellow employees.

Posted date: 1st Feb 2021
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Why is a Health and Safety Compliance Audit Important?

Why is a Health and Safety Compliance Audit Important? What is a Health and Safety Compliance Audit? It is important that the SafetyWallet Health and Safety Audit is to identify any health and safety deviations in the management system, along with managing of health and safety, and the audit determines the level of compliance of an employer according to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act requirements. In addition to this, the SafetyWallet Health and Safety Compliance Grading audit also rewards employers according to their level of compliance. It also encourages employers to make a conceited effort towards becoming fully compliant. Employers and their health and safety responsibility Where the audit is concerned, employers are not legally obliged to conduct a health and safety audit. However, employers are legally required to ensure that they comply with OHSA in ensuring a healthy and safe workplace. A Health and Safety Compliance Audit may not be a legal obligation, but it is highly recommended. This is due to the in-depth level according to which an employer’s compliance can be determined and therefore improved.

Posted date: 31st Jan 2021
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SafetyWallet Health and Safety Audits

What is a SafetyWallet Health and Safety Audit about, and why should you have one? SafetyWallet helps employers understand their health and safety compliance by giving subscribers an 80% discount on their health and safety audit and provides them with the necessary tools and support to work toward and remain health and safety compliant. This ensures that employers can improve Health and Safety Compliance, while offering rewards as motivation along the way. SafetyWallet offers employers with a subscription programme which not only encourages employers in being compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all other legislation, but duly rewards them in doing so as well. In collaboration with its partners, SafetyWallet covers the following components which are comprised across the Health and Safety in Industry as well as Commerce:

Posted date: 31st Jan 2021
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SafetyWallet

Occupational Health and Safety Compliance, otherwise referred to as OHS Compliance, refers to one standard in meeting all the required legal requirements which are stipulated as according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Act 85 of 1993. In ensuring OHS compliance, employers’ risks associated with legal liability is minimised and protected.

Posted date: 31st Jan 2021
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