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Construction Regulations 2014: Here's what you need to know about risk assessment for construction work

by , 03 March 2014
One of the key changes in Construction Regulations 2014 relates to risk assessments. Here's what you need to know so you can comply.

The new Construction Regulations have this to say about risk assessments for construction work

In this article, we told you that 'one way of ensuring your company identifies any hazards and assesses risks to your employees' health and safety is to do a complete and proper risk assessment of your workplace.'

The reason?

Because 'by identifying the risks, you'll be able to take preventative and precautionary measures to minimise or prevent any health and safety hazards that could harm to your employees.'

So what do the new regulations require when it comes to risk assessments for construction work?

#1: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that in terms of Construction Regulations 2014, a contractor must have risk assessments performed by a competent person. This must be done before the start of any construction work and during such construction work.

#2: As a contractor, you're required to ensure that ergonomic related hazards are analysed, evaluated and are addressed in a risk assessment.

Read on for three more requirements...

Risk assessments are a legal requirement!

You MUST identify hazards and assess risks in your company to keep your employees safe.

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  • Recognise and control hazards in the workplace;
  • Comply with the eight laws for risk assessments;
  • Reduce  incidents in the workplace; and
  • Set risk management standards based on acceptable safe practices and legal requirements.
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#3: If you're the principal contractor, you must ensure that all contractors are well informed on any hazard in the risk assessment before any work commences. And thereafter at the times that may be determined in the risk assessment monitoring and review plan of the relevant site.

#4: Construction Regulations 2014 state that a contractor must consult with the health and safety committee on the monitoring and review of the risk assessments of the relevant site.

If you don't have a health and safety committee, you must consult with a representative trade union or representative group of employees.

#5: The regulations also require you as a contractor to ensure that copies of the risk assessments of the relevant site are available on site for inspection by an inspector, the client, the client's agent, any contractor and any employee.

The following people are also allowed to inspect copies of the risk assessments: A representative trade union, a health and safety officer and any member of the health and the safety committee.

Now that you know what the Construction Regulations 2014 require you to do when it comes to risk assessments, make sure you comply to avoid hefty fines.

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