Audit of Occupational Health and Safety

Audit-of-Occupational-Health-and-Safety The purpose of an OHS audit is to identify both strengths and weaknesses in the OHS program of a workplace. Areas such as accountability, policies, hazard identifications, and control, training, and numerous other factors must be considered.

Posted date: 11th Feb 2021
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OHS Audits Simplified

OHS Audits Simplfied OHS Audits Overview Any employer must have a safety and health programme as part of its overall management system. This programme must be adequate, covering the following elements: The health and safety work organisation as well as policy in any company. The process involved with the planning for prevention of accidents and illnesses. Line management responsibilities towards OHS, and Practices, procedures, and resources for developing and implementing, reviewing as well as maintaining the occupational safety and health policies which are implemented. One of the easiest and most thorough ways to ensure that all of this is in place, is by conducting an OHS Audit, or by making use of SafetyWallet’s subscription, which is an all-encompassing package, of which a thorough OHS compliance audit forms a part. ohs-audits-simplified OHS Audits work to evaluate a safety system or process. Auditing and performance review form part of

Posted date: 2nd Feb 2021
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Why-health-and-safety-compliance-is-important-for-employers

why-health-and-safety-compliance-is-important-for-employers Health and Safety Compliance refers to the means of conforming to a rule, either a specification, policy, or a standard and/or law. Regulatory compliance, more specifically, describes an organization’s goal in ensuring that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. As a prevalent business concern, compliance requires that companies remain vigilant in maintaining a full understanding of their regulatory compliance requirements, especially since the number of regulations are ever-increasing. Health and safety compliance involve the implementation, promotion, and maintenance of the highest level of physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all employees in the workplace. By ensuring health and safety compliance, adverse health issues, injuries, illnesses, and death through working conditions and as result of hazards and risks in the workplace can be greatly reduced and even eliminated, where reasonably practicable.

Posted date: 2nd Feb 2021
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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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The purpose of 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 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

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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