- 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]
- 3 Reasons to register with Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) or face the penalties...
- Over the past few weeks, the Health & Safety helpdesk has received a lot of questions about registering with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COID).
What is Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases ?...
COID is a government body that compensates workers who've been injured at work or who have contracted an illness or disease at work.
COID is there ... ››› more
- [09 January 2017]
- 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.
Attention! Heal... ››› more
- [04 January 2017]
- 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!
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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]
- Can you provide medical assistance to injured employees instead of Compensation Fund contributions? Find out here
- As I'm sure you know, the Compensation Fund provides compensation to workers who are injured on duty or who contract any illnesses in the course of their employment for you.
Even if you hire just one employee, you'll be obligated to register with the Compensation Fund, after which they'll decide how much you should contribute.
But it's not always that clear cut!
You see, it's not unli... ››› more
- [19 December 2016]
- 10 Appointment letters you must have in your health and safety file to stay compliant.
- Managing a construction site isn't easy. That's why you need to manage the appointment of the right staff to help you.
When the DoL comes knocking, you need to be able to prove the competency of your health and safety team members.
For every new construction project you start, you must have an up-to-date health and safety file.
Here are 10 appointment letters the Construction Regulations ... ››› more
- [19 December 2016]
- WARNING: Read this if you use CCTV cameras in your business
- Security is always a concern in South Africa. Your business might be in a dangerous area. You might work with expensive materials. Or maybe CCTV cameras just lower your business insurance premiums. Whatever your situation, you must comply with this act or face the full might of the law... CCTV cameras are everywhere. The sight of a CCTV camera can make you a bit uneasy. It might make you feel like... ››› more
- [16 December 2016]