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Eight SA laws demand you do a risk assessment... or face jail time

by , 26 February 2015
You're mistaken if you think the OHS Act is the only piece of legislation you must comply with when it comes to risk assessments.

There are seven other pieces of legislation that also require you to do a risk assessment in your workplace.

If you don't comply, the DoL could prosecute you and you could end up in jail.

Don't be caught not doing a risk assessment! Keep reading to discover which seven other pieces of legislation require you to conduct a risk assessment.

Don't land in jail just because you didn't know all the laws that require you to do a risk assessment

Besides the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA Act 85 of 1993), you must comply with these seven laws when it comes to risk assessments:
1. The Hazardous Chemical Substance Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
According to this legislation, you must assess your workplace to identify potential exposure to chemical substances. This regulation includes things like:
  • Your requirements when it comes to exposure levels;
  • Medical surveillance requirements; and
  • Your duties when it comes to teaching employees about chemical substances that could harm them.
Doing a risk assessment will help you determine all the above.
2. The Major Hazard Installation Regulation (Section 5, OHSA)
In terms of this regulation, you must do a risk assessment to identify a hazard that could cause a major accident and how likely it is to occur.
A major hazard installation could, for example, involve work that requires you to store a large amount of substances that could harm your employees' health or that of the public.

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3. The National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998, Section 28)
You must assess and evaluate the impact your business has on the environment, says the National Environmental Management Act.
This means you must do an environmental aspect and impact assessment. The principles for doing this assessment are very similar to those you follow when you do a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
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4. The Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of1996)
In terms of this Act, every employer must provide and maintain a safe working environment that doesn't put employee's health at risk in the mining industry.
To comply, you must conduct a risk assessment.
5. Environmental legislation
You must comply with environmental laws like the Environment Conservation Act, Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act and National Water Act by doing regular risk or impact assessments.
6. The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA)
The BCEA requires you to identify risks that could affect your employees' safety at work.
You can easily do this by doing a risk assessment.
7. The King II Report
The King II Report deals with management's duty to identify business risks and put actions in place. Board level decisions often affect employee safety. The King Report holds the board responsible any decisions it makes.
Now that you know all the laws you must comply with when it comes to risk assessment, check out the Health & Safety Advisor. It goes into detail about the steps you need to take to comply with each of these laws.

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