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How many health and safety representatives does the DoL require your company to have?

by , 16 January 2013
If you employ more than 20 people, Department of Labour (DoL) requires you to comply with this essential health and safety law. If you don't, you could be fined R50 000, be subject to a one-year jail term or both. That's why it's vital your company has health and safety representatives (HSE) on hand to help you create and maintain a safe, healthy, environmentally-friendly environment for your employees and company visitors. But how many HSE reps does your company really need?

Get your numbers right or bear the consequences…
According to regulations set out by DoL, you must have at least:
One HSE rep if your companyemploys more than 20 employees;
One HSE rep for every 50 employees or less if you run a factory, warehouse or industry; and
Three HSE reps for every 100 employees or less in a factory, warehouse or industry.
It's also a good idea for your company to encourage smaller departments to form an alliance witheach other to HSE reps, fire fightersand first aiders over shifts. This will help to saveon staff costs.
And don't forget, if your employees work in a high-risk environment, such as laboratories, workshops or if any departments work shifts, you'll need to elect more HSE reps to have the right number of HSE reps on duty per shift. A minimum of one HSE rep is requited on duty during each shift. 
If you have any questions about the functions of your company's HSE reps and their duties and other health and safety issue, get expert answers to them right here.
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