Contractor Health and Safety Site File and an Employers (clients) Legal Requirements
Small and medium business entities (SMEs) as well as business owners in South Africa face various challenges, and for this reason it is imperative that all employers ensure that an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) file is compiled. This is often a challenge as employers may not know precisely what must be included in their file.
The contractor Health and Safety File and an Employer's (clients) legal requirements therefore deserves further exploration and elaboration, aiding employers in ensuring that they conform with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (85 of 1993).
The OHS file is an important, documented record compiled by trained and competent OHS practitioners or an OHS team. South African contractors must not be allowed, in terms of legislation, access to any worksites without the proper file and contents in place.
South Africa is known for its challenges with unemployment, poverty, and a lack of proper education. Some small entrepreneurs who are starting out with business may not have either the finance or the appropriate knowledge needed to ensure OHS implementation, compliance, and/or execution.
And for this reason, it is necessary to explore the health and safety file and legal requirements that employers are subjected to, providing such small businesses with the necessary tools and information that they need to ensure that they can comply with OHSA, which will inevitably bring them more opportunities, as compliant contractors, and allow for business expansion and more exposure.
Posted date: 13th Mar 2021Blogs