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  • 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]
  • My employee fell down the stairs after knee surgery...Is this an injury on duty?
  • My employee fell down the stairs after knee surgery...Is this an injury on duty?
    Over the past few weeks, I've received numerous questions to our Health and Safety Helpdesk about injuries on duty (IOD). More specifically, when an injury becomes a reportable injury on duty. So for today, let me share one of the questions with you and what our Health and Safety Helpdesk expert had to say in response. Keep reading...You never know, you might be faced with the same situatio... ››› more
  • [11 October 2016]
  • The one toolbox talk you're going to need to get you through 'party' season
  • The one toolbox talk you're going to need to get you through 'party' season
    It seems early, but we are headed into THAT time of year... It's frightening! I walked into Checkers the other day and they are already putting up the tinsel. Calendars are starting to fill up with 'end-of-year' parties. And our weekends are in full party-mode. While it's great your employees are enjoying the festivities, their over-indulgence has a big impact on YOUR business. Here's ... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • 4 Steps to complete your own comprehensive health and safety system
  • 4 Steps to complete your own comprehensive health and safety system
    One of the many complaints I hear from our subscribers is that they really want to do what's best for the health and safety of their company, and their employees. But they don't always know exactly how. Sometimes, the problem is that you just don't know where to start. But, once you get the ball rolling, you feel pretty confident that you have a grasp on all the important issues. Here's wh... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
    If you're like most small businesses I know... ...When it comes to doing the odd bit of maintenance around your workplace... ... Or hanging up your pictures in the office... ...Or washing your windows on the second floor... ...You take a drive to the nearest Builder's Warehouse to pick up a desperate individual or two looking for a job. Now, it seems rather harmless. You're helping the jo... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Four types of OHSA's health and safety risk assessment you need to know about
  • Four types of OHSA's health and safety risk assessment you need to know about
    Having a HIRA (hazard identification and risk assessment) process at your company is one of the most important tools at your disposal to ensure your company's compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).Here are the four types of risk assessments you must do... Most incidents in the workplace happen because of insufficient management controls. One way of ensuring your compa... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
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