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  • Two situations where medical surveillance is a must
  • Two situations where medical surveillance is a must
    You're required by law to look out for the health and safety of all your employees, and that includes carrying out medical surveillance in the workplace - which when done, will help protect employees from any workplace hazards, and to ensure a legally compliant working environment. But when exactly are you required to carry out medical surveillance in the workplace? Well, there are two sit... ››› more
  • [29 August 2016]
  • Revealed: The ONE reason Toolbox Talks are vital on any site
  • Revealed: The ONE reason Toolbox Talks are vital on any site
    Most employers in the construction industry brush Toolbox Talks aside... 'They are insignificant!' said one site owner. 'I don't have time to chit-chat...' said another supervisor. 'No-one listens anyway so what's the point?' said another. And, after all there's not much too them, right? They are short informal chats that only take 10 minutes. So how serious can they really be? Just... ››› more
  • [29 August 2016]
  • Answer these 11 questions to ensure your health and safety file is ready for an inspection
  • Answer these 11 questions to ensure your health and safety file is ready for an inspection
    Most of us know that an inspector from the Department of Labour (DoL) can knock on the door of your construction site at any time for an inspection. And yet many employers still aren't adequately prepared for when it happens to them! One of the areas in which these employers fail to comply with the most is their health and safety files. In other words, they don't contain all the correct docume... ››› more
  • [17 August 2016]
  • Use this procedural checklist if a fatal incident occurs in your workplace
  • Use this procedural checklist if a fatal incident occurs in your workplace
    No employer likes it when workplace incidents happen in their workplace, especially not fatal ones. They are an unfortunate reality which many employers will be faced with at some stage, especially in workplaces which have high risk environments, such as factories with large machines. Now should you be one of those employers, you'll need to follow the correct legal procedure. And to help yo... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
  • Health and Safety Audits: The two things you must cover in your pre-audit meeting
  • Health and Safety Audits: The two things you must cover in your pre-audit meeting
    You need to carry out health and safety audits at least once every year. Not only will it help you identify any problems within your workplace's health and safety system, but according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, conducting them is a legal requirement. The most important step is your pre-audit meeting. In this meeting, you must ensure that two important things are covered before ... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
  • The four things you must do after your health and safety audit
  • The four things you must do after your health and safety audit
    You've conducted health and safety audits in the workplace before, simply because it's a legal requirement under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). And also because it's helps you stay on top of safety in your workplace, so you can avoid any unnecessary workplace accidents from occurring. So that's quite clear, but how many of you know the follow-up procedure once you've successfull... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
  • Examine these three elements to effectively schedule for your next health and safety audit
  • Examine these three elements to effectively schedule for your next health and safety audit
    Health and safety audits have the potential to become an absolute nightmare! Because if you don't plan for them properly, they'll drag on forever. And in the business world, time is just not something you can afford to waste! This is a common problem for many employers, and they often find they waste valuable time when audits come along. The trick here is to schedule your health and safety... ››› more
  • [12 August 2016]
  • The three characteristics you need for a spotless health and safety audit
  • The three characteristics you need for a spotless health and safety audit
    Health and safety audits are something we all have to do on a regular basis. In them you'll look into your health and safety system to identify any new problems, to determine your progress from the last evaluation, to reprioritise areas you should improve on, and make your overall health and safety system is as efficient as possible. But that's easier said than done. And just because health an... ››› more
  • [12 August 2016]
  • Use this simple step to prevent any alcohol-related accidents among your drivers
  • Use this simple step to prevent any alcohol-related accidents among your drivers
    Did you know that South Africa has one of the highest alcohol-related accident rates in the world? That's right! Only a few months ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report that labelled us as having not just one of the highest alcohol-related accident rates in the world, but the highest of any other country! The report noted that, per 100 000 population, there are 25.1 deaths ... ››› more
  • [02 August 2016]
  • Use this checklist before doing any lifting on your construction site
  • Use this checklist before doing any lifting on your construction site
    Lifting any type of load, whether it's construction materials or equipment, or even people, is a big part of construction operations - not to mention extremely dangerous! All it takes is one little error which will lead to unwanted damage costs, employees getting hurt and ultimately your business being shut down. And that's why planning is so crucial here! So to help you prevent unwanted acc... ››› more
  • [01 August 2016]
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