Contractors and or Suppliers Health and Safety Risks

Contractors and/or Suppliers Health and Safety Risks Overview Despite the size of an organisation, at some point, employers may have to use a contractor for a task. There are some employers who make use of contractors on a regular basis, while others use them daily, for various tasks such as maintenance. Despite the frequency with which contractors are used, many employers may be concerned with the best ways to balance two desirable goals: Running continuous safe operations, and Avoid becoming liable for negligence of contractors hired. It is therefore imperative to outline and explore contractor and/or suppliers’ health and safety risks that they may pose on operations. The general rule is that the employer does not owe a duty to ensure that the independent contractor appointed performs their work in a safe manner

Posted date: 24th Mar 2021
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Health and Safety Practices for a Contractor and or Supplier

Health and Safety Practices for a Contractor and/or Supplier Overview The Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 places responsibility on the employer to ensure that a safe and healthy work environment is provided and maintained, without risk to the health of workers. Health and safety, however, is the responsibility of all employees, not only the employer or the employee alone. There are, however, health and safety practices for a contractor and/or supplier, which demands compliance. Contractors and suppliers must comply with the following:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Health and Safety Legal Appointments required by a Contractor

Health and Safety Legal Appointments required by a Contractor Overview In ensuring that a workplace remains healthy and safe, there are certain health and safety legal appointments required by a contractor. Every person in the workplace has a responsibility towards adopting safe working practices, wearing their PPE, complying with policies, standards, and rules, reporting unsafe conditions and acts, and numerous others. There are, however, also certain persons who must be appointed in writing, with their legal responsibilities and duties indicated on their letter of appointment. The following are legal appointments which are made by the client in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Does your Health and Safety Induction meet the Standard Requirements for South Africa?

Does your Health and Safety Induction meet the Standard Requirements for South Africa? Overview When considering the responsibilities and duties of the employer, one imperative question that employers must ask themselves is: Does your health and safety induction meet the standard requirements for South Africa? Health and Safety Management Standards

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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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: 22nd Mar 2021
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Contractor and-or Employers Health and Safety Induction Training

Contractor and/or Employers' Health and Safety Induction Training Overview Contractor and/or employers’ health and safety induction training does not only establish a firm foundation for strong safety performance, but it is also legally required by the Occupational health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 (OHSA). According to OHSA, employers must provide their employees with the necessary information, instruction, training, and supervision to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of employees is ensured. In addition, health and safety training is imperative before employees start their work, and when new employees are introduced into the work environment. Why must new employees receive health and safety induction training? New employees are more prone to accidents, incidents, and ill health arising from work-related activities. This may be due to:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Contractor and/or Employers Health and Safety Inspections of the Workplace

Contractor and/or Employers' Health and Safety Inspections of the Workplace Overview Contractor and/or employer’s health and safety inspections of the workplace can either be formal or informal. Formal inspections can be done in a variety of forms and the employer or contractor along with their employees must agree on the best method according to the workplace. Inspections can be done in the following ways: Safety tours – which are general inspections done on the workplace. Safety sampling – involves the systematic sampling of certain dangerous activities, processes, or areas. Safety surveys – which are general inspections of certain dangerous activities, processes, or areas. Incident inspections are often carried out following an incident involving a fatality, injury, or a near miss. Forms for sampling There are numerous sample forms that can be helpful that are used for the following:

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Why Contractors and/or Employers do Health and Safety Inspections

Why Contractors and/or Employers do Health and Safety Inspections Overview Most organisations conduct frequent and periodic safety inspections. Even though a lot of people are aware that such inspections are done, few realise why contractors and/or employers do health and safety inspections, or what purpose they serve. A lot of people may think that the answer relates to “because we have to.” This is partially correct as safety is driven by compliance, either to a regulation or a company policy. Compliance is a factor along with it being one which is developed with a specific purpose in mind. The Occupational Health and Safety Act is noticeably clear that employers must provide a work environment for employees which is free from recognizable hazards that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious harm to employees. For this reason, work site inspections serve as the vehicle to record all hazards and to document abatement. When workplace safety inspections are conducted with the attitude of “because we care”, they serve a greater purpose than merely meeting compliance requirements. Health and safety inspections can become a vital part in the efforts to prevent accidents and incidents when they are conducted well. They can also reassure employees that the workplace is consistently safe and help the employer display an attitude of care. To ensure that this happens, there is a robust process necessary. For this reason, the methodology involving four foundations can be applied, namely plan, do, study, and act.

Posted date: 22nd Mar 2021
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Effective Health and Safety Workplace Inspections for Employers and Contractors in South Africa

Effective Health and Safety Workplace Inspections for Employers and Contractors in South Africa Overview Effective health and safety workplace inspections for employers and contractors in South Africa can be a useful management control which attempts to pick up any non-conformances before an incident or accident occurs. By critically examining the workplace, inspections can also help identify and record any hazards and risks for corrective action. Workplace inspections are considered an important part in the overall Occupational Health and Safety Program as well as management system, if done frequently and correctly.

Posted date: 21st Mar 2021
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