- If someone dies in your office - would you know what to do?
- As a student I worked at a restaurant to earn some extra cash to get me through my varsity years. One night I was serving a particularly nice family. The mom, dad, granny and grandpa completely doted over the six-year-old twin girls. I left their table to fetch their drinks after taking their order and chatting to them about the icy cold front that hit us. To my absolute horror, when I returned th... ››› more
- [23 September 2016]
- Two steps to report an occupational disease to the Compensation Fund
- Michael claims he is suffering from asthma and blames his working conditions.
He now wants you to put a claim in to the Compensation Fund on the grounds of him contracting an occupational disease.
But what process do you need to follow?
Let's have a look at the two steps you need to take...
What is an occupational disease?
An occupational disease is a disease or disorder that is cau... ››› more
- [31 July 2015]
- If you have contractors working for you, here's what must you do in terms of COID
- Let's assume you have outside contractors working for your company, such as cleaners, security, electricians, plumbers etc. When it comes to safety regulations, you know that they must also be registered with COID.
But what is your responsibility when it comes to this?
Let's take a look.
Before you hire contractors, ask for their COID registration number and a copy of their COID letter ... ››› more
- [02 June 2015]
- What happens if you don't submit your earnings to COID?
- When it comes to paying on time and submitting forms before a deadline, you know that there will always be consequences if you miss them.
Today, we're looking at what happens if you don't meet your COID earnings deadline.
COID deadlines: Miss them and suffer these consquences
So, if you don't submit your statement of earnings to the Compensation Commissioner in the prescribed period... ››› more
- [01 June 2015]
- Compensation claim periods: Four essential rules you must remember
- It's important to make sure you know about COID's regulations and new amendments and also understand that if you don't register or pay your tariffs, you could face criminal prosecution.
When it comes to compensation claim periods, there are some things you need to know about the process in itself so that you avoid any penalties!
Today we'll let you know the most important rules for com... ››› more
- [28 May 2015]
- What to do if your employee has a COID claim against a third party?
- When it comes to compensation, there are certain rules you need to know to ensure no mistakes are made when it comes to paying compensation, admitting your fault or following the right procedure.
But what if your employee is injured or contracts a disease but a third party (somebody other than your company) is liable.
In this case, you have the right to take the following actions (Section 36... ››› more
- [26 May 2015]
- Six key questions you must ask in your accident investigation to compile a valid accident report
- One of your employees falls off a ladder at work. He's limping a bit and seems to have hurt his ankle, but not too seriously.
So you follow your health and safety process and document the fact that he fell, including the date and time.
But then you find out that he actually tore a ligament and now needs a full accident report to claim for COID. A full report you don't have!
According to l... ››› more
- [18 May 2015]
- What should you do when reporting an Injury on Duty (IOD) to COID?
- When it comes to reporting a injury on duty (IOD), there are certain rules you should follow.
By injury on duty we mean a work-related injury that happens at work and as a direct result of the duties assigned to the specific job position.
Read on to discover the specific situations when you must report a injury on duty to COID...
You need to report an IOD to the Commissioner if:
1.... ››› more
- [28 April 2015]
- Do you know who's responsible for your employee's occupational disease medical expenses?
- Did you know: When it comes to paying your employee's occupational disease medical expenses, the responsibility belongs to the company!
More precisely, your company, the Director General or a mutual association are liable for paying reasonable costs of medical assistance for your employee.
The medical assistance will be paid for a period of not more than two years for a disease (Section 73.... ››› more
- [23 April 2015]
- Your foreign employee is injured during a xenophobic attack at your premises. Will he be able to claim from COID?
- Most xenophobic attacks are spontaneous, and could even happen on your premises.
Imagine if your employees attacked and injured one of your foreign employees while on duty. Do you know if COID will cover him?
Here are four questions you need to ask yourself to see if you can claim from this xenophobic attack...
Your 1 527 health and safety duties a... ››› more
- [21 April 2015]
- Employee's occupational disease medical expenses: When should you pay them?
- Do you know who's responsible for your employee's occupational disease medical expenses? Who's liable for paying the costs in case of occupational disease?
Read on to find out...
Who's responsible for your employees occupational disease medical expenses?
You have to know that your company, the Director General or a mutual association are liable for paying reasonable costs of medical assista... ››› more
- [31 March 2015]
- Your employee is injured outside of South Africa. What should you do immediately?
- There are many situations when your company's South African projects may expand into other countries as well.
But if your employee is injured outside of South Africa, do you know what steps you need follow?
Read on to discover the answer...
Here's what you must do if your employee is injured outside of South Africa
Firstly, in case your employee is injured while working outside of South ... ››› more
- [31 March 2015]