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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Guidance for Employers and Contractors on Permit to Work (PTW) Systems – Part 1

Guidance for Employers and Contractors on Permit to Work (PTW) Systems – Part 1 Overview 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. What is a permit to work System?

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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9 Easy Steps to Work Safe with a Permit to Work (PTW)

9 Easy Steps to Work Safe with a Permit to Work (PTW) Overview The purpose of the permit to work is that it helps to reduce the risk of safety incidents. This is done by ensuring that people involved with certain high-risk tasks are aware of the specific hazards, that they take the necessary precautions and that they are competent to conduct the task. Furthermore, it also ensures that there is efficient and effective communication between the different segments throughout the work from planning, preparation, job execution, hand over, and restoring the area to normal operations.

Posted date: 20th Mar 2021
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SafetyWallet Contractor Management Introduction

SafetyWallet – Contractor Management – Introduction Overview As per the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, the employer is legally bound to provide and maintain, as far as reasonably practicable, a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health and safety of workers. This means that the workplace must be free of any hazardous substances, articles, equipment, processes, and any other factors which may cause injury, damage, or disease. As far as Contractor and Supplier management is concerned, it serves the following purposes: To guide as well as manage the health and safety of all contractors, mandatories, suppliers, and any other persons overseen by the company. To provide the structure necessary and required for corrective actions to be implemented successfully where contractors or suppliers may be in a breach of safety standards. To provide an outline for accountability as well as implementation associated with requirements to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, and any other relevant legislation. To provide an outline for accountability associated with achieving and maintaining compliance to legislation through the assistance and support of SafetyWallet and other initiatives. To ensure that contractors and suppliers are verified and to aid with implementing requirements in line with Health and Safety Legislation and best practices.

Posted date: 28th Feb 2021
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