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Revealed: Your legal requirements as a health and safety supervisor

by , 02 January 2014
Are you a health and safety supervisor in your company? If so, read on to find out what your legal requirements are, so you can avoid penalties.

Being a health and safety supervisor comes with a lot of responsibilities. And unfortunately for you, overlooking these duties comes with a heavy price.

If you don't comply with Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) or do anything at your workplace which threatens the health and safety of any person, you'll be guilty of an offence. And you could be liable to a fine of not more than R50 000, put into prison for one year, or both.

That's not all.

If you don't comply and your non-compliance causes any person to be injured at work, you'll be guilty of an offence. If your non-compliance results in the death of any person, you'll be guilty of culpable homicide.

If you're convicted, you'll be liable for a fine of up to R100 000, put in prison for two years, or both.

Don't take that risk.

Comply with these legal requirements if you're a health and safety supervisor in your workplace.

As a health and safety supervisor, you're required to make sure that your workers are safe and that whatever they work with doesn't make them ill, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

This is a legal requirement and as a supervisor you could be liable if anything happens to your workers while they're working.

As a supervisor, you must be legally appointed by your employer.

You have similar responsibilities to your workers, as if you were a manager. Your responsibilities may vary depending on what your company expects from their supervisors.

Remember, as a supervisor, you shouldn't be doing the work; you should be managing what employees are doing.

You can find our more here about your main responsibilities.

The bottom line: Knowing your legal requirements as a health and safety supervisor will help ensure you stick to them and avoid penalties.

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