- 20 years of Health and Safety Training expert reveals how to comply with the new DMR
- I'm Michele Bowmer. As the Editor of the Health and Safety Training Manual with over 20 years of health and safety training work under my belt, I'm able to share my wisdom on workplace health and safety. And from my time as a certified Facilitator and an Investigator, I know exactly what you need to train your employees on when it comes to the new Driven Machinery Regulations.
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- [18 January 2016]
- 'What is OHSAS 18001?' and how close are you to achieving this standard
- OHSAS 18001 is the British standard for occupational health and safety management. It's the world's highest level of occupational health and safety systems standards and everyone wants it.
It helps organisations get credit for their health and safety performance. And this credit means more business!
And if you want this recognition for your business, pay attention...
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- [13 August 2015]
- Here's what you need to know about smoking in the workplace
- The opposing viewpoints around smoking have sparked debate for decades. But it doesn't matter what your personal viewpoint is. Here is what you need to know, from a legal point of view, about smoking in the workplace...
Legislation around smoking in the workplace:
As mentioned in Health & Safety Advisor, smoking in the workplace is not regulated by labour law, but rather by the Tobacco P... ››› more
- [05 August 2015]
- Minimise absenteeism by reducing incidents. Display these safety signs in your workplace
- Accidents in the workplace will occur from time to time but it's your duty to ensure you minimise the risks as much as possible.
Use the correct safety signs to identify and communicate hazards in your workplace so that you can minimise absenteeism from injuries and court claims from injuries sustained by visitors. Are all your employees familiar with the meaning of safety signs?
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- [03 August 2015]
- The new Driven Machinery Regulations come into effect on 30 September 2015. Are you ready?
- While their battle to implement the Construction Regulations (from last year) continues, the DoL has now made changes to the Driven Machinery Regulations to bring it in line with the Construction Regulations.
It seems a waste of paper to me, with just slight changes in wording and phrasing, but you need to know about it.
Here's the low-down of what the new Driven Machinery Regulations 2015 i... ››› more
- [31 July 2015]
- BREAKING NEWS: Construction Health and Safety Consultants don't have to register with the SACPCMP by August 2015
- Everyone in the health and safety industry has been up in arms for a year now after the announcement of the new Construction Regulations.
Controversy has reached its peak as the deadline for registering with the SACPCMP in August is fast-approaching.
But I've got some good news!
Sources at sheqafrica.com have confirmed that not all Health and Safety professionals need to register as ever... ››› more
- [31 July 2015]
- Six appointments you must make to comply with the Construction Regulations 2014
- One of the main focuses of the Construction Regulations 2014 is to enforce stricter safety control measures in your workplace.
To comply, you need to make six appointments.
Let's take a closer look at what Construction Regulation 8 says about who you need to appoint to manage and supervise your construction work...
Is your site compliant with the new Const... ››› more
- [27 July 2015]
- Are you giving each employee the 2.25m2 of open floor space which he's entitled to?
- Overcrowding in the workplace means your employees don't have enough space to work effectively without intruding into their colleagues' personal space. Here are three important questions you need to ask yourself to prevent adverse health effects. Seven negative effects on your staff and company
1. Insufficient space to optimise work flow results in delays, downtime and possibly rework or defe... ››› more
- [20 July 2015]
- Any employee injury occurring outside his duties isn't your fault and you don't have to pay!
- A case occurred some years ago where a cleaner climbed onto a roof with a ladder to steal items through a skylight. He was seriously injured, but the employer was in the clear. Let's looks at why he wasn't liable. Three reasons the injury wasn't the employer's responsibility
The cleaner had a job description which he had signed and understood;
The employer had taken all reasonabl... ››› more
- [17 July 2015]
- Your one and only solution to decreasing workplace incidents
- Frequent health and safety incidents in your company aren't good.
If you don't properly investigate incidents, you increase the risk of more accidents.
This can cost your company lots of money and you could face jail time. But I've got a solution for you. Use this three-tier analysis to identify the root cause and prevent future incidents.
Here is the three-tier root cause analysis
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- [09 July 2015]
- Load shedding is a workplace safety hazard! And YOU might end up paying the price for Eskom's shortcomings
- Sufficient lighting in the workplace is a basic requirement of your health and safety programme. It prevents unsafe working conditions. It's also essential in ensuring that work areas don't pose health hazards to employees. For example, an employee doesn't have to strain his eyes when he works.
But thanks to Eskom, having electricity is more of a luxury these days. This stands in the way of you... ››› more
- [08 July 2015]
- Have you had a construction site tragedy? Here's how to report it to the DoL
- There's been an accident on one of your construction sites. An employee had an accident, lost a finger, and is in hospital.
Under the construction regulations, you need to report all work-related accidents. It's not enough to file an internal incident report only. But do you know what to do to bring the incident to DoL's attention?
There are strict rules around reporting the incident and har... ››› more
- [07 July 2015]