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  • Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
  • Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
    The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them... 'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Ask these questions to gather evidence in your health and safety audit
  • Ask these questions to gather evidence in your health and safety audit
    One of the first steps in your health and safety audit process is gathering all the information you need to assess your system. There are two ways to start this process... 1) Asking your employees questions around following your health and safety processes. 2) Asking your managers the processes they follow to ensure they're following the right health and safety procedures. Here are four questi... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • What kind of training is required to erect a scaffold?
  • What kind of training is required to erect a scaffold?
    You probably know that if your company's erecting scaffolding it must comply with construction regulations. But do you know what the law says about the type of training required to erect a scaffold? Read on to find out.... If you're not sure of what the law says about training that's needed to erect a scaffold, the Health & Safety Advisor has got you covered. Here's what the law says about... ››› more
  • [10 January 2017]
  • Six factors to consider when preparing your health and safety audit schedule
  • Six factors to consider when preparing your health and safety audit schedule
    You know you need to conduct health and safety audits regularly. They help you identify the key problems in your Health and Safety System, check you're compliant and helps you prevent problems before they happen. Before you start your audit, you need to draft a schedule to plan how you're going to approach your audit. ..........................Advert....................... Attention! Heal... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
  • Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
    If you don't take steps to keep your employees safe when they work with scaffolding, you could be fined R50 000, spend a year in jail or both. Don't take that risk! Use this 14 step checklist to put up your scaffolding safely. If your employees work at heights of 1.5m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work they carry out. Here's what you must do to put up ... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Six quick tips to make your staff wear their PPE!
  • Six quick tips to make your staff wear their PPE!
    Your role as Health and Safety Rep is to ensure all your employees wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). If your co-workers don't wear their PPE and you ignore it, you're being negligent in your duties and there are consequences.   .............................HIghly Recommended.......................... Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the Do... ››› more
  • [02 January 2017]
  • Seven things you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for during a health and safety inspection
  • Seven things you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for during a health and safety inspection
    The Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Here's what you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for when they arrive at your company unannounced... The chances of DoL inspectors rocking up at your company's door one day are huge. Recently, the Dep... ››› more
  • [23 December 2016]
  • Sub-contractors must stick to these health and safety responsibilities
  • Sub-contractors must stick to these health and safety responsibilities
    If you're a principal contractor in construction, it's important for your sub-contractors to comply with the same moral, legal and mutual obligations. This will ensure you to successfully carry out any contracts you've been awarded in a safe manner. Read on to discover the three obligations your sub-contractors must stick to. Although a sub-contractor is your responsibility, he's still an emplo... ››› more
  • [22 December 2016]
  • I have a headache... does anyone have a Disprin for me?
  • I have a headache... does anyone have a Disprin for me?
    How often have you been asked for a Disprin or Panado? Everyone gets a headache at some point at work. And without a second thought, you reach for the box in your drawer and hand them a pill. But as a health and safety professional, have you ever stopped to consider the possibility that you could be handing that person a death sentence? The question is: 'Are you legally allowed to give y... ››› more
  • [21 December 2016]
  • Is your sub-contractor aware of his three legal safety obligations?
  • Is your sub-contractor aware of his three legal safety obligations?
    Have a sub-contractor? If so, continue reading to find out what his three legal obligations are so you can help him to comply. In this article, we gave you three safety obligations that your sub-contractors must adhere to. Now we're going to give you three legal obligations for your sub-contractor. Your sub-contractor has responsibilities under the following three separate areas of law: ... ››› more
  • [21 December 2016]
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