OHS Bill 2020 and the Duties of Employees at Work

The OHS Act Amendment Bill 2020 and the Duties of Employees at Work Employers are responsible for providing employees with a workplace that is safe, healthy, and free of risks that threaten the health and safety of those who work in that area, and those who may be affected by the organisation’s activities. However, the responsibility towards health and safety does not end there. Employees also have certain responsibilities towards his or her own health and safety, and those around them. He or she also has specific responsibilities in helping the employer achieve optimal health and safety in the workplace. Accidents and incidents will not stop on their own if there is no collaboration between the employer and the employees. An employee must be held responsible for his or her actions and health and safety must be seen as a team effort for Health and Safety Management Systems to be successful. The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020 was implemented to clear up and clarify processes that are prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and to reflect inclusivity, and focus on current industry health and safety challenges as well as terminology. The focus of the OHS Amendment Bill 2020 is towards application of process, such as the safety management system, rather than a mere reference to a policy. For this reason, a vital section of the Occupational Health And Safety Act which has seen significant changes and improvements, is the section focussed on the general duties of employees at work.

Posted date: 18th Jul 2021
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New rules say Covid-19 vaccines can be made mandatory

New rules say Covid-19 vaccines can be made mandatory In mid-June, the South African Department of Employment and Labour (DoEL) issued an update on the occupational health and safety directive, allowing employers to implement a mandatory workplace vaccination policy, amongst others, which is subjected to certain guidelines. There have been many debates over whether employers can or cannot force their employees to take the Covid-19 vaccine, and while the latest directive sheds light on this matter, it also ensures that employers are reminded to consider the rights that employees have with regards to bodily integrity and religious freedoms and beliefs.

Posted date: 5th Jul 2021
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Risk Assessment and the OHS Amendment Bill 2020

Risk Assessment and OHS Amendment Bill 2020 A Risk Assessment plays a crucial part in any organisation, therefor everyone plays an important part and has their subsequent duties towards their own Health and Safety, that of those around them, and the Health and Safety of the organisation overall. In the following sections, the duties of an organisation will be explored in-depth. To learn more on the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, download your FREE eBook here.

Posted date: 4th Jul 2021
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Listed Work and The OHS Amendment Bill 2020

Listed Work and The OHS Amendment Bill 2020 There are extensive changes brought on by the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020, with the theme of these changes surrounding loose ends being tied up along with the clarification of processes, polishing of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the clearing up of uncertainties so that the Act reflects inclusivity. One of the sections of the OHSA that are affected by these changes refers to the Listed Work under Section 11 of the OHS Amendment Bill and the General duties of the employer, under Section 12. The changes made are indicated and broken down in the sections below. To Download our FREE eBook containing all the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, click here

Posted date: 4th Jul 2021
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OHS Amendment Bill 2020 and Health and Safety Management Systems

OHS Amendment Bill 2020 and Health and Safety Management Systems A Safety Management System consists of a series of policies, procedures and standards that are used by organisations to reduce accidents, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace and among employees. Health and Safety Management Systems which are effective are proven to be a decisive factor in the reduction of the extent and severity of work-related injuries as well as illnesses. Through the successful adoption of a Safety Management System, there is a high level of commitment from both management and employees, with an adequate number of resources put towards the design and implementation of such a system. More in-depth details on the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, click here to Download your Free eBook.

Posted date: 4th Jul 2021
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Definitions for the OHS Amendment Bill 2020

Definitions for the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020 To understand the changes that will take effect with the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020, it is imperative to understand the different definitions contained in it and the meaning of each. For an in-depth view of the definitions that employers can expect, consult the sections below Download your FREE eBook containing all the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, click here and download your eBook NOW Definitions for the OHS Amendment Bill 2020 While most of the definitions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act have remained unchanged, there are, however, some that have been affected. The definitions indicated below

Posted date: 30th Jun 2021
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Purpose of the OHS ACT Amendment Bill 2020

The Purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020 The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill, also commonly referred to as the OHSA Bill, was tabled for the first initial reading in Parliament by the Minister of Employment and Labour on November 2, 2020. Once introduced, there will be significant amendments made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1994, or OHSA 1994. Changes to be made by the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2020, also referred to as the OHSA Bill, are extensive but it should not come as a surprise to health and safety professionals. A detailed  FREE eBook containing all the changes brought on by the OHS Amendment Bill 2020, click here to download your eBook.

Posted date: 28th Jun 2021
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Government Notice - R.328 of 2021

Government Notice R.328 of 2021 NOTICE OF DIRECTION IN TERMS OF SECTION 27(2) OF THE OHS ACT, READ WITH REGULATION 3(4) OF THE GENERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) The Chief Inspector, Tibor Szana, duly designated by the Minister of Employment and Labour, has published the notice in terms of section 27(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, read with Regulation 3(4) of the General Safety Regulations. R.328 of 2021

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Government Notice - Consolidated Direction 2021

Government Notice 28 May 2021 Consolidation of direction MEASURES TO ADDRESS PREVENT AND COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN CERTAIN WORKPLACES IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR CONSOLIDATED DIRECTION ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN CERTAIN WORKPLACES

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