Guidance for Employers and Contractors: PTW Systems – Part 3

In the workplace, where it is not possible to reduce or eliminate hazards or risks completely, and where employees are exposed to potentially high hazards and risks, it is imperative for a permit to work system to be implemented, monitored, and maintained. The purpose of this blog is to provide guidance for employers and contractors on Permit to Work (PTW) Systems, the training and competence needed, general design, and work planning as well as risk assessment.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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Guidance for Employers and Contractors: PTW Systems – Part 2

When considering the health and safety requirements in which both employees and employers have a duty, there may still be some health and safety hazards and risks that cannot be reduced or eliminated. For this reason, there must be a permit to work system in place which is effective. The purpose of the blog is to provide guidance for employers and contractors on Permit to Work (PTW) Systems and the various responsibilities associated with them.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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Guidance for Employers and Contractors on PTW Systems – Part 1

In numerous industries it is not always possible to reduce or eliminate safety and health hazards and risks. For this reason, there must be permitted to work (PTW) systems which form part of the task risk assessment process. The purpose of the sections below is to provide a guidance for employers and contractors on Permit to Work (PTW) Systems, what they are, when they are required, the essentials needed for such systems, and how roles can be harmonised with permit to work systems.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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OHS Online - Permit to Work for Contractors and Health and Safety

OHS Online - Permit to Work for Contractors and Health and Safety Overview There are some tasks that carry some inherent hazards. To ensure that these hazards are adequately and correctly controlled, it is appropriate to operate and maintain a permit to work system. OHS Online – Permit to work for contractors and health and safety, is a key factor which may be misinterpreted and even misused. It must not be confused with a risk assessment but as an addition to such a process. The procedure will assist managers in identifying the types of tasks that require a permit to work, who is responsible for raising and closing such a permit, and what the role of the contractor or maintenance personnel will play in the process. It should be noted that the procedure on permits to work is accompanied by task identification registers as well as the permit to work which must be completed by the relevant parties. The permit to work system must form part of the Occupational Health and Safety programme, it must be maintained, monitored, and reviewed for its effectiveness to ensure a consistently healthy and safe work environment.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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Contractor and Permits to Work (PTW)

A permit to work system is a system which is formal and written, used to control certain types of work which may present potential hazards. The permit to work is subsequently a document which specifies the work which must be done, the hazards identified (whether potential or existing), and the precautions that must be taken in preventing an accident or incident from occurring.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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How to register your Domestic employees for COIDA / WCA

How to register you Domestic employees for COIDA / WCA Please open the Document to read more - DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE to register as an employer of a domestic worker Overview As per the Department of Employment and Labour Notice 106 of 2021, domestic worker employees must be registered in terms of section 80 of the COIDA Act as amended. What does this mean for domestic employees? The implications of declaring this section of COIDA invalid means that domestic workers/employees are now covered/included under COIDA, meaning that these employees are entitled for compensation if they are injured, or they contract diseases,

Posted date: 17th Mar 2021
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Who is responsible in South Africa when a contractor that you contracted to conduct work for you is injured or killed on your premises?

Who is responsible in South Africa when a contractor that you contracted to conduct work for you is injured or killed on your premises? Overview When a client hires an independent contractor to perform services at their place of business, it is imperative to know who is responsible in South Africa when a contractor that they contracted to conduct for them is injured or killed on their premises. Clients must know that their legal standard of care is different from the duties which are owed to a customer, for instance. However, should a workplace injury occur to an independent contractor’s employee on the client’s premises, the client will expect that workers’ compensation is available to cover expenses. However, it must be noted that even though there is workers’ compensation coverage, it may not preclude any third-party liability. This relates specifically to the possessor or owner of the premises, regardless of whether it is leased or owned by the client, being held liable for the injury.

Posted date: 13th Mar 2021
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