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  • It's time to do a risk assessment. But do you know which type of assessment you must do?
  • As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and make sure you're taking proper steps to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment and legally, it's something you have to do. But do you know which of the four types of risk assessments you need to do ... ››› more
  • [17 June 2015]
  • Your six employer obligations when it comes to medical surveillance
  • It's your legal obligation to reduce and control health and safety risks to your employees. One way to do this is with medical surveillance. This focuses on prevention of medical conditions in the workplace, and is a process of screening employees annually for any medical conditions. A medical surveillance program keeps your workers healthy and ensures you're meeting OSH standards in health... ››› more
  • [10 June 2015]
  • Protect your company and avoid mistakes in your safety plan: The Lockout system explained
  • By 'lockout' we mean a safety procedure used to ensure dangerous machines are properly shut off and aren't started up again before you complete maintenance or servicing work on them. It ensures that a piece of equipment can't be turned on or pressurised accidentally while an employee is working on it. Keep in mind that a lockout involves locking the device or power source of the machine so that... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Construction Safety: Six general safety requirements for jib cranes
  • If you're in the construction industry and there's a crane accident, you risk employee injury or death, as well as damage to property and equipment. Keep in mind that these risks can result in huge costs, penalties, jail time and even business closure. But how do you minimize these risks? That's what today's article is all about. Cranes and safety: What you need to know You get two kinds ... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • SABS safety standards scandal: Seven managers suspended for failing to meet their duties
  • The SABS has suspended seven managers in another standards scandal for their alleged involvement in the "fraudulent use of SABS Approved Marks" on certain geysers. Let's take a look at this crucial breaking health and safety news... Safety scandals hits the SABS According to Sheqafrica.com, the SABS said they were "investigating complaints that insufficient care was taken in the testing a... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • 19 Checklists you need to do your risk assessment
  • The best way to ensure you identify hazards and assess safety risks is to do a complete and proper risk assessment of your workplace. Doing this is also one of the most important safety tools at your disposal to prove your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. Read on for 19 checklists you can use to make sure you don't leave anything out when doing your risk assessm... ››› more
  • [08 May 2015]
  • Checklists your SME will need to do its first risk assessment successfully
  • The best way of ensuring your SME identifies hazards and assesses safety risks is to do a complete and proper risk assessment of your workplace. Performing a risk assessment is also one of the most important safety tools at your disposal to prove your compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. During a risk assessment, you need to evaluate all the hazards and risks to you... ››› more
  • [04 May 2015]
  • Five reasons why you need to include ventilation as part of your safety risk assessment!
  • Do you ever hear your employees sneezing and coughing non-stop in the office? Well, you'd better start noticing before it's too late! You see, poor ventilation is an invisible health hazard. It puts the health and safety of your employees at risk. And the financial consequences could shut your business down! Here are five reasons why you need to include a ventilation system in your risk ... ››› more
  • [24 April 2015]
  • Do you know how to plan for your safety audit?
  • There are certains rules you have to take into account whenever you're scheduling a safetyaudit. Although you probably know that the audit frequency depends on the risk levels you identify, when it comes to audit planning and conducting, you need to understand that the right steps will help you identify problems before they happen. Let me explain. Warning: Don't only carry out safety audits wh... ››› more
  • [15 April 2015]
  • Use these six tips to make your safety auditor's approach a success
  • The way a safety audit is carried out has a big influence on your employees, one of which you might not even notice or be aware of. But keep in mind that an audit should never be a stressful situation for the team and no one should fear the moment when such a process is taking place. It is a strict procedure indeed and you have to obtain specific results but this doesn't mean that any ways to d... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
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