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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Health and Safety Inspections for Employers and Contractors

Health and Safety Inspections for Employers and Contractors Overview Health and safety inspections for employers and contractors forms a vital part of a proper health and safety management system. Inspections such as these allow the employer and contractor to ensure that the workplace and work activities are health and safe. They also work to reduce and prevent incidents, injuries, illnesses, and even death. Through an inspection, hazards can be identified along with processes that are not efficient. Thus, decision on measures to be taken can be made before they lead to an accident or an incident. How are health and safety inspections carried out? There are numerous ways through which an inspected can be carried out. However, the person taking the lead and others involved in the inspection must first agree on the best way to carry out the inspection, relevant for the workplace being inspected.

Posted date: 21st Mar 2021
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Comply to SA Health and Safety Requirement for a Site File

Comply to South Africa's Health and Safety Requirement for a Site File, and get your Health and Safety Certificate Overview Small and medium business entities (SMEs) in South Africa face numerous challenges, with the compilation of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) file as one of these challenges. This file is one which is compiled by trained and competent OHS practitioners or a team of professionals who have the correct skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications. Contractors in South Africa must not be allowed access to a workplace without having a health and safety file which is in place. Another consideration which may often be overlooked is the compliance certificate, proving compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Thus, comply to South Africa’s Health and Safety requirements for a site file, and you get your health and safety certificate. However, there may be numerous questions over how this can be done, and what the process is for obtaining a compliance certificate. The next few sections will critically discuss the safety file and how health and safety compliance can award you with a health and safety compliance certificate. Will I need an OHS file for my project? There are no exceptions offered by South African legislation regarding whether an OHS file is required when contractors work on a site.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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How can Employers, Contractors and/or Suppliers obtain their Health and Safety Compliance Certificate?

How can Employers, Contractors and/or Suppliers obtain their Health and Safety Compliance Certificate? Overview 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. For employers, contractors and/or suppliers to obtain their health and safety compliance certificate, it requires compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Regulations. However, as straightforward as this may sound, there is an entire process involved, focussed on various aspects and elements that, together, make a holistic safe working environment for all. The employer has their own roles and responsibilities, apart from providing a working environment which is safe, healthy, and free of hazards and risks that could harm employees in those areas, much like employees and contractors also have a responsibility in health and safety. Health and Safety Services

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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How to get your Health and Safety Certificate

How to get your Health and Safety Certificate Overview Each business and subsequent employer in South Africa must be compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993. However, to be proven compliant, a Certificate of Compliance (COC) must be issued. It is for this purpose that the sections below indicate how you can get your health and safety certificate, as many employers may be unfamiliar with the process involved, or what the true value of such a certificate is. What is the Certificate of Compliance? One of the best ways in which employers can ensure that they are OHS compliant, is by having a health and safety compliance audit conducted by SafetyWallet. Once the subscriber has joined, they can request that a SafetyWallet auditor conduct the audit, in which their level of compliance and the effectiveness of their OHS programme will be determined. Once the audit is completed and the subscriber is found competent with requirements set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, they are provided with a certificate of compliance. This certificate is valid for a year and will be reissued once the subscriber has booked their next OHS compliance audit.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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