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  • Important liabilities OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments
  • Important liabilities OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments
    A company or an individual may encounter two types of liability. One type is represented by the criminal charges carrying conviction or fines, the second type is represented by the civil claims by damages. In an analysis for Sheqafrica.com, steam legal consultant Shavanya Subramoney explained the liabilities that OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments and scopes of service. Tod... ››› more
  • [14 November 2016]
  • Avoid shutdown by answering these 4 Health and Safety questions about legal appointments
  • Avoid shutdown by answering these 4 Health and Safety questions about legal appointments
    Did you know that an inspector from the Department of Labour can rock up on your doorstep, AT ANY TIME, and demand to inspect your premises? That's right! It's completely your responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of your employees. And if you fail to answer any of the inspector's questions, then you'll be in big trouble. In other words, he can SHUT DOWN your business! ... ››› more
  • [14 November 2016]
  • 3 incident investigation tips you simply cannot ignore!
  • 3 incident investigation tips you simply cannot ignore!
    When I mention the phrase 'incident investigation' to those who aren't familiar with health and safety lingo, they simply pass it off as a quick check into why the tea lady slipped in the kitchen. However, you and I both know that incident investigation can be a lot more complicated than that. In fact, it can be both overwhelming and heart wrenching - especially when there are fatalities. We h... ››› more
  • [10 November 2016]
  • Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace
  • Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace
    I recently attended a health and safety training course and was taken aback by how many of the delegates had problems with their contractors. As a result, I decided to dedicate todays article to give you some very important methods to help you keep those contractors in line. Let's start with the most important! #1: Make your contractors sign a contract! Have a contract signed to ensure complian... ››› more
  • [08 November 2016]
  • Must your labour broker pay for PPE?
  • Must your labour broker pay for PPE?
    What would you do in this situation? You've contracted the services of a labour broker. He's given his employees personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear, but you've done a risk assessment and don't think the PPE is adequate. Can you force him to increase the PPE allocations to his workers? If so, to what extent can you do this?   Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fin... ››› more
  • [03 November 2016]
  • What must you do if your employee is injured during his lunch hour?
  • What must you do if your employee is injured during his lunch hour?
    Your employees' health and safety is important to you. But what are your legal obligations if your employee is knocked down by a car when he's crossing the road during lunch time, can you claim from the Compensation Fund? There's one question on the accident claim form that you need to answer correctly. This will determines if you can claim or not.                             ... ››› more
  • [01 November 2016]
  • Seven tips for your workers to reduce their risk of heatstroke
  • Seven tips for your workers to reduce their risk of heatstroke
    Do you have employees who work outside? If so, then you need to be fully aware of the possibility of heatstroke. Heatstroke is caused by a person's temperature-regulating mechanisms failing under very high temperatures. It can occur from a combination of work load and environmental heat load. It's considered a real medical emergency and so attempting to avoid it from occurring among your employ... ››› more
  • [01 November 2016]
  • Four tips for your drivers when working in hot weather
  • Four tips for your drivers when working in hot weather
    Winter is definitely gone. And the temperatures are on the rise. And I know many of you will be having drivers operating in increasingly hot weather. Hot weather can pose various risks to your drivers and knowing how to reduce the possibility of a potential accident happening is very important. So ensure that your drivers follow these four tips when operating in hot weather to avoid an ... ››› more
  • [01 November 2016]
  • What's the difference between a contract of employment and letter of appointment?
  • What's the difference between a contract of employment and letter of appointment?
    What's the difference between a contract of employment and an appointment letter? Do you know? Take a look below as I explore the differences and why you need to know them... Dear Reader   I recently had coffee with a friend of mine who owns her own business. We got chatting about appointment letters, and there was me rattling on and on about who in the company should or shouldn't have.   An... ››› more
  • [17 October 2016]
  • Is there a difference between a Health and Safety Rep and a Health and Safety Officer?
  • Is there a difference between a Health and Safety Rep and a Health and Safety Officer?
    Do you know there's a distinct difference between a 'Health and Safety Representative' and a 'Health and Safety Officer'? Read on to find out what the difference is... We use the terms 'Health and Safety Representative' and a 'Health and Safety Officer' loosely, but do you know there's a distinct difference between the two? You need to know what the difference is as they perform different functi... ››› more
  • [11 October 2016]
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