South Africa Education Departments Health and Safety requirements for schools

South Africa Education Departments Health and Safety requirements for schools Overview Health and Safety in schools is a factor which is taken extremely seriously by the Department of Basic Education. It is also an apex priority of the department and as result of this, there are various policies as well as measures which have been put in place to ensure the safety of all learners, educators, and relevant stakeholders in schools. Requirements as indicated by the Department of Education The Department has reiterated that there is no tolerance towards violence, drug-use and/or abuse, sexual harassment, and any other acts considered criminal, in schools as it poses a substantial barrier to learning. There is a significant focus on the inculcation of values as well as ethics along with a just and caring society within both schools and communities. The Department views any non-compliance in a serious light as such actions carry the potential of depriving learners of an inherent constitutional right to life, education, equality as well as dignity. There are numerous interventions which specifically focus on addressing the elements associated with physical infrastructure which includes adequate fencing, alarm systems, and burglar proofing. It also includes resilience-building programmes for young people as well as the strengthening of partnership with various stakeholders. There is a solid partnership between the Department and the South African Police Service (SAPS) which focuses on joining schools with local police-stations as well as the establishment of functional School Safety Committees. Schools are considered critical in the instilling of discipline and ensuring safety. It is for this reason that there is an emphasis on the Codes of Conduct for Learners at all public schools.

Posted date: 11th Feb 2021
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Guidelines on Managing Health and Safety in Primary Schools

Guidelines on Managing Health and Safety in Primary Schools Why manage Health and Safety in Primary Schools? The reasons for managing health and safety in primary schools is associated with moral, legal, and ethical reasons. Hazards and risks are present in schools as much as they are in any other workplace or industry. Schools, however, provide a unique environment which serves as a workplace and is shared by students, who have a high need of care due to their vulnerability. Accidents and incidents that thus occur in the workplace, cause pain and suffering not only to the individual, but also to their family. They affect the ability to perform work and impact on a person’s quality of life outside of work. It has been proven that many accidents, as well as cases of occupational ill-health at work, are as result of failure in managing safety, health, and welfare adequately.

Posted date: 11th Feb 2021
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Managing Health and Safety In Schools and Colleges

Managing Health and Safety In Schools and Colleges. Why is Health and Safety in Schools important? Health and safety in schools and colleges in an imperative factor. Ensuring that pupils and student safety is an imperative part of ethical framework for decades. As with other public services, schools as well as colleges are obliged to adapt to periods where considerable changes are occurring. They are also forced to continuously meet existing as well as new challenges. These challenges faced are often associated with new structures, accountabilities, additional concerns from parents, the public, and political circles in addition to concerns with excessive risk aversion.

Posted date: 11th Feb 2021
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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Audit Criteria for SafetyWallet

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Audit Criteria for SafetyWallet It is imperative for auditors to be qualified and certified as such, making it necessary to overview and explore the auditor criteria with regards to Occupational Health and Safety, specifically where SafetyWallet auditors are concerned. SafetyWallet is proud to say that they are registered as a corporate member and that SafetyWallet audits and support team is registered in their personal capacity as members with the South African Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (Saiosh) 

Posted date: 11th Feb 2021
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How to conduct a health and safety audit

How to conduct a health and safety audit Purpose of a Health and Safety Audit A health and safety audit, also referred to as an OHS Audit, serves the purpose of assisting in the consistent and continuous improvement of an organisation’s OHS procedures and OHS programme. When an OHS Audit is conducted, it must: • Identify risks along with the level of risks within the workplace. • Identify any strengths as well as weaknesses in the OHS procedures and OHS programme. • Compare current documentation as well as practices against best practice, legal requirements, and SafetyWallet protocols. • Highlight and recommend any improvements to be made in OHS procedures and the OHS programme. • Ensure that adequate resources are available for effective OHS management, and • Ensure that resources which are devoted to health and safety are effectively implemented and used. What does a Health and Safety Audit involve?

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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.

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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 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 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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