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  • Experts answer the top six COID questions
  • Experts answer the top six COID questions
    There's a lot of confusion regarding the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID). Some employers don't even know that they have to submit their Return of Earnings to the Compensation Commissioner every year. But if you don't, you'll end up incurring harsh penalties. Don't let this happen to you. If you haven't registered for COID, read on to discover the answers to six impo... ››› more
  • [22 November 2016]
  • 6 Points you must know when paying your COID tariffs
  • 6 Points you must know when paying your COID tariffs
    Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) is a government body which compensates workers injured on duty. It protects your workers through you paying your COID tariffs. Not complying with the COID Act, will lead to penalties and fines Having said that, here are 6 important points you must know when it comes to paying your COID tariffs: 1. You must submit your statement o... ››› more
  • [21 November 2016]
  • Answers to four of the most frequently asked risk assessment questions
  • Answers to four of the most frequently asked risk assessment questions
    Have questions about risk assessments? If so, continue reading to discover some of the answers to your questions. Four answers to your risk assessment questions   Question #1: What's risk assessment matrix? Answer: Experts at the Health & Safety Advisor say that a risk assessment is the process of estimating and communicating workplace safety risk and deciding whether this risk is a... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • 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]
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