Purpose of the OHS ACT Amendment Bill 2020

The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill, also commonly referred to as the OHSA Bill, was tabled for the first initial reading in Parliament by the Minister of Employment and Labour on November 2, 2020. Once introduced, there will be significant amendments made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993, or OHSA 1993. Changes to be made by the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020, also referred to as the OHSA Bill, are extensive but it should not come as a surprise to health and safety professionals.

Posted date: 29th Apr 2022
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What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the Workplace. The core principles associated with a risk assessment process in addition with the legal requirements of why organisations go through this important task, is common territory to seasoned health and safety professionals and larger organisations. However, there are numerous smaller organisations that may not fully grans that they have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees and visitors, and that they must drive compliance relating to health and safety within the operations of the organisation. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 requires that each employer provide a workplace which is safe and without risk to the health of employees, with further guidance offered on how employers can achieve this. Risk assessment in Occupational Health and Safety involves the fundamentals which are ingrained in the Act to assist employers in achieving their duties towards the health and safety of employees, and any other persons who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.

Posted date: 4th May 2022
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What is a Health and Safety Induction

What is a Health and Safety Induction Overview As one of the legal requirements to which employers must conform, it is imperative to understand what a health and safety induction is, why it must be conducted, and how it is done effectively.   This, and other measures all go towards ensuring the highest level of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety, along with ensuring that employees are healthy and safe, and that they return to their families at the end of every working day. It is not only about a culture of complying, but also a culture of care which instils trust in the organisation as they go beyond what is necessary to ensure that employees are healthy and safe, as employees are any company’s most valuable asset. What is a health and safety Induction? A health and safety induction is conducted to welcome new employees

Posted date: 29th Apr 2022
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How can Employers, Contractors and/or Suppliers obtain their Health and Safety Compliance Certificate?

Leadership plays a crucial role in promoting organisational values as well as behaviours towards the transformation of health and safety performance and overall protection of employees along with service providers, contractors, and members of the public.

Posted date: 24th May 2022
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What is Section 37(2) Health and Safety contract between an employer and a mandatory (contractor)?

What is Section 37(2) Health and Safety contract between an employer and a mandatory (contractor)? Overview The purpose of the Section 37(2) Health and Safety contract between an employer and a mandatory (contractor), refers specifically to a mandatory and written contractual agreement. It exists between a client and a contractor in terms of work and/or services provided by the contractor, subjected to both the terms and conditions of the Mandatory Agreement. What work does it cover? This will be determined by the client according to the nature of their business and any work that they may need to have done, or services they need from a specific contractor. It can include, but is not limited to, the following: • Building and construction • Electrical and/or installation work. • Plumbing • Painting • Installations • Servicing of machinery and/or equipment, and more.

Posted date: 29th Apr 2022
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