Purpose of the OHS ACT 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 1993, or OHSA 1993. 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.

Posted date: 29th Apr 2022
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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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What is Hazard Identification in HSE

What is Hazard Identification in HSE Overview What is Hazard Identification in HSE? Loosely translates to Risk Assessment in Health and Safety. Risk assessments in health and safety form part of the risk management process which are included in the overall Health and Safety Management Plan and Programme of organisations, in addition to forming part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s requirements, to which employers must be compliant. A risk assessment involves the process of identifying the current and existing hazards that may appear in the workplace and it defines those that are likely cause harm to employees, contractors, visitors, and any other person that may be affected by the activities of the organisation. What does hazard identification entail?

Posted date: 16th May 2021
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How often should a Health and Safety Risk Assessment be reviewed?

How often should a Health and Safety Risk Assessment be reviewed? Overview Business owners, employers, managers, or supervisors must know the importance associated with keeping things up to date so that they run smoothly, and health and safety is not an exception to this. To make sure that employees stay safe, and that the employer remains compliant, risk assessments must be carried out and reviewed as part of regular work practice.

Posted date: 12th Apr 2022
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What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

What is a Risk Assessment in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the Workplace. The core principles associated with a risk assessment process in addition with the legal requirements of why organisations go through this important task, is common territory to seasoned health and safety professionals and larger organisations. However, there are numerous smaller organisations that may not fully grans that they have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees and visitors, and that they must drive compliance relating to health and safety within the operations of the organisation. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 requires that each employer provide a workplace which is safe and without risk to the health of employees, with further guidance offered on how employers can achieve this. Risk assessment in Occupational Health and Safety involves the fundamentals which are ingrained in the Act to assist employers in achieving their duties towards the health and safety of employees, and any other persons who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.

Posted date: 4th May 2022
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OHS Risk Assessment

As per the Amended Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 29, an inspector may, without any prior notice, enter any premises occupied and used by an employer to perform work. In addition, the inspector may also request documentation relating to the health and the safety of an organisation, including the OHS Risk Assessment plan.

Posted date: 12th May 2021
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