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  • Do you know how to test your employees for alcohol abuse?
  • Do you know how to test your employees for alcohol abuse?
    Current information shows that in South Africa, employees are the main beneficiaries of legislation that provides for health and safety standards in the workplace. The law that governs general workplace safety is the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 (OHSA) and, in the Mining Industry, safety is governed by the Mine Health and Safety Act. It has been showed that over R240 billion, th... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Do you know what the OHSA says about breathalyser tests at work?
  • You can't just decide to conduct breathalyser tests as you see fit. You have to do it according to what's prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Read on to find out what the Act says about this. Don't know what the law says about breathalyser tests at work? If so, here's an answer for you. Here's what the OHSA says about breathalyser tests at work Firstly, you must... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Test your fire drill or emergency evacuation alarm today!
  • Test your fire drill or emergency evacuation alarm today!
    There's been a spate of office fires and entire warehouses burning down lately. Luckily, thanks to fast-working rescue teams, there've been very few injuries from these fires as employees have been evacuated quickly. If this happens at your office, will you be able to evacuate your staff efficiently? Here's how to ensure employees respond quickly when your emergency evacuation alarm sounds... *... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • Eight topics you must include in your induction training for contractors
  • Eight topics you must include in your induction training for contractors
    According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. Here's a checklist of eight items you must include in your induction training for your contractors. According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. It's a vital part of... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • What PPE do the general safety regulations require?
  • What PPE do the general safety regulations require?
    The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) contains 50 sections and 20 sets of regulations. The different regulations specify the specific requirements you must adhere to. This includes requirements about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read on to find out what the general safety regulations require when it comes to PPE. When it comes to PPE, you can't just comply with the regulations y... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • 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]
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