- Would your construction site pass the 'safety file' test?
- A safety file contains more than just a safety plan and a few registers. It is to your construction site, what the constitution is to a state. It holds everything together. But like the constitution, it can be very broad.
At any time, an inspector could arrive on your site to do an inspection. To know if your site will handle his test, you first need to know what should be in a safety file. We... ››› more
- [06 July 2015]
- Eight items to include in your Health and Safety Agreement for OHS compliance
- If you have 20 or more employees, you must draw up a Health and Safety Agreement.
You must then implement this agreement (General Administrative Regulations Section 6).
It's up to you and your employees to decide what needs to be done in your company to create a healthy and safe environment.
A Health and Safety Agreement helps you get buy-in from your employees to manage health and safety... ››› more
- [08 June 2015]
- Six ways to control smoke breaks and manage your employees' productivity
- To this day, even after the smoking laws have been passed, smoking in the workplace still sparks heated debates between smokers and non-smokers.
And not because employers allow employees to smoke in non-designated areas. But rather the amount of time employees are allowed to spend smoking.
Read on for six ways to control smoke breaks in your company, and manage your employees' productivity.... ››› more
- [05 June 2015]
- If you don't have these three things in your first aid treatment, you're not OHS compliant!
- You have the legal responsibility of your entire workforce's safety.
The reality is that accidents happen in any workplace. It's your job to make sure you give your employees the proper level of first aid if an accident occurs.
Here are three things you must do to ensure your injured employee gets OHS compliant first aid treatment...
Revealed: The... ››› more
- [05 June 2015]
- Make sure your sub-contractors comply with their duties!
- In the construction industry, a major impact was brought by the Construction Regulations changes. As a consequence, you must ensure your Principal Contractor and sub-contractors are doing their new duties so they can all successfully carry out any of your contracts.
When talking about the new sub-contractors' duties, by sub-contractor we mean a person who your principal contractor employs. It d... ››› more
- [04 June 2015]
- Construction work: Eight duties your contractor must fulfill when he's on site
- When we talk about construction work, we refer to any work that has to do with construction, erection, alteration, renovation, repair, demolition or dismantling of, or addition to a building or any similar structure.
It's important to know the contractor duties when they're on site, but you should also make sure you know what the construction work implies.
Thus, it also refers to construc... ››› more
- [25 May 2015]
- Four appointments you must make to comply with the Construction Regulations 2014. Or face hefty penalties!
- One of the main focuses of the Construction Regulations 2014 is to enforce stricter control measures.
To comply, you need to make six appointments for your construction site.
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.
Yours: 68 legally compliant appointment... ››› more
- [22 May 2015]
- Four documents to include in your report of a fatal accident at your workplace to the DoL
- If an employee dies at the scene of an accident at work, or later in hospital, you have blood on your hands.
And you have to report the incident to the DoL straight away. Call the Regional Director at your nearest labour centre. And then also inform them in writing.
Read on for four documents to include in your fatal incident report to the DoL.
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- [22 May 2015]
- If you don't follow these four steps, your construction project won't get off the ground after August 2015...
- Getting your project off the ground isn't as easy as it was before.
After August 2015 you can't carry out any work if you haven't been issued with a construction work permit and specific number.
And the Provincial Director won't issue you with one unless all your documentation is correct.
Let's see what the new criteria are to apply for a construction work permit...
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- [22 May 2015]
- Feasibility studies in the construction process: How it's done
- In the construction process, there are six phases you need to follow: Planning, feasibility, design development, tender documentation and procurement, construction management and documentation and project close-out.
As a general rule, during each of these phases, one or more laws and construction regulations will apply. It's your job to advise the construction team oF the legal implication of e... ››› more
- [21 May 2015]
- Ten principal contractor responsibilities you must include in your Construction Health and Safety Specifications
- When it comes to drawing up a Health and Safety Specification for construction, the responsibilities of the principal contractor are essential.
Today, we're taking a look at what responsibilities you should include in the Health and Safety Specification when it comes to your principal contractor as set out by Construction Regulations 2014.
Principal contractor responsibilites he must meet
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- [20 May 2015]
- The perfect guide to follow when you start a construction project to make sure it deals with regulation changes that come into effect in August 2015
- There are several steps you should follow when you start a construction project. And this should be done while taking into consideration the regulation changes that apply from August 2015.
From planning the project, to preparing the health and safety specification and establishing the duties of the principal contractor and contractors, there are many steps you should follow. And they are all in... ››› more
- [19 May 2015]