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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 Audit and Consultancy

Health and Safety Audit and Consultancy Health and Safety Compliance Audits may not be a legal obligation but compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act is. The easiest way to ensure compliance is by having a health and safety audit conducted and backed by a consultancy company that is a partner of SafetyWallet. It is an expert assessment of the health and safety programme and operations. Even though employers are not legally required, they are highly recommended. Frequent health and safety compliance audits is considered the best practise for all companies, despite their size, type, industry, or nature of business. Audits are more than just an exercise where boxes are ticked, and they are also more than a defensive measure. They offer a multitude of benefits to the employer and its employees. Health and Safety compliance audits allow employers to protect their employees and customers from harm. Ultimately, when conducted correctly, it can also safeguard the very existence of the company itself. This is due to the consequences of serious health and safety incidents which may result in prosecution, which can cause severe reputational damaged and lead to substantial financial penalties. There are two different ways in which audits can be conducted, namely internally and externally.

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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7-Important-steps-to-an-effective-safety-audit A SafetyWallet Health and Safety Audit may not be a legal obligation, but it is highly recommended that each company despite their industry, sector, size or nature of business conduct health and safety audits frequently and always keep the 7 steps to have an effective health and safety audit in mind. Whereas a lot of businesses rely on internal audits to check their compliance, and others use various external auditors, there are numerous businesses who have begun to rely on the services and solutions that SafetyWallet offers to ensure that they are fully compliant. The Health and Safety Audit conducted by SafetyWallet involves an in-depth process where the subscribers Health and Safety programme is thoroughly examined. There is also a lot of focus on identifying and effectively managing occupational health and safety in the workplace. SafetyWallet offers the subscriber with a structure path that they can follow towards continuous improvement in achieving and maintaining Health and Safety Compliance.

Posted date: 31st Jan 2021
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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Compliance

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Compliance What is the definition and meaning of OHS Compliance? Occupational Health and Safety Compliance, also known as OHS Compliance, is a standard involving compliance to all the required legal standards as they are stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993. These standards serve the purpose of safeguarding and protecting employees in the workplace from any hazards, risks, incidents or fatalities, or the possibility thereof. It also indicates how machinery and equipment must be used safely to prevent injury. In addition, the act also protects co-workers, family members, employers, customers, and any other person who could be affected by the workplace environment provided by the employer. Any non-compliance with OHSA is punishable by law. It could also result in the loss of productivity, court lawsuit cases and/or the loss of lives. It is therefore the legal duty of all employers despite their company’s industry, sector, size, location, or nature of business, to ensure the health and safety of all employees in the workplace. The level of compliance in any workplace can be determined by conducting an OHS Compliance audit. These audits are conducted by health and safety professionals, or auditors, who possess the skills and knowledge of the Act. Where does OHS Compliance come from?

Posted date: 31st Jan 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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What is a SafetyWallet Health and Safety Audit about, and why should you have one?

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 s 15 Elements to OHS Compliance 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. OHS compliance also minimises the risk of any incidents or any legal liability that the employer may incur from time to time with contractors, suppliers and/or visitors that may be on the employer’s premises to perform work of whatever nature. It is important that employers remember that OHS compliance is a legal requirement, and failure to meet the standards set out in OHS Act, is punishable by law. It may also result in the loss of productivity along with lawsuit court cases, and the loss of lives. SafetyWallet’s 15 Elements, in addition, also helps to cultivate a workplace where health and safety behaviour is positively influenced on a consistent and continuous basis, hereby benefitting both the employer, employees, and all other affected parties.

Posted date: 31st Jan 2021
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Injuries-on-Duty-COIDA-WCA-Assessments-Employers-Registration COIDA / WCA and the Amended Tariffs of Assessment – Introduction Why Employers must register for COIDA / WCA Registration for the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases, more commonly referred to simply as COIDA / WCA, provides employers across all industries with compliance through minimal effort on their part where registration, the submission of earnings, and the obtaining of the Letter of Good Standing (LOGS) is concerned. All employers must understand the logistical processes involved with such claims, how COID operates, how the system works during registrations, and what tariffs there are which must be paid by employers annually according to their risk ratios. COID serves the fundamental purpose of protecting workers should they have injured themselves while also ensuring that employers support the compensation that is required by paying certain annual tariffs. The aim of COIDA is to provide all employees with adequate compensation in the event of disablement, which is caused by occupational injuries and diseases, which are sustained or contracted by employees throughout their employment or should death result from such injuries or diseases. This also helps to provide for any matters which are connected therewith. Businesses that have more than one branch or that carry on more than one class of business may be required to register with COID for each place or class of business. This is to be determined by the Commissioner.   It is crucial for all employers to apply for COIDA as non-compliance with such is considered a criminal offence and employers may subsequently be liable to prosecution.

Posted date: 20th Jan 2021
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