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DoL to announce changes to Construction Regulations today

by , 10 February 2014
The Department of Labour (DoL) is set to shake things up in the construction sector. It will announce the amended Construction Regulations today (10 February 2014).

It seems like 2014 is the year for change regarding legislation. In the labour sector, the DoL has made three vital changes to the Employment Equity Act and in the financial sector; SARS has changed the tax treatment for medical aid contributions.

Now the construction industry is about to get a shake up.

Master Builders reports that the DoL says amended Construction Regulations will be promulgated today (10 February 2014).

According to the site, the Department's Deputy Director in Construction Health and Safety, Phumi Maphaha, said that the promulgation will take place at a special launch event to be held at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Gauteng.

The labour minister, Mildred Oliphant and the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi will address guest at the launch.

What should you expect when the Construction Regulations Amendment of 2014 comes into effect?

Earlier this month we reported that experts expect changes to be as follows:

  • Clients must get a Construction Permit before construction work may commence if the works contract is of a value equal to or exceed R13 million or CIDB grading level 6.
  • Clients duties may be extended to include Baseline Risk Assessments and site specific OHS Specification.
  • OHS Agents to be competent i.e. SACPCMP registered Pr CHA.

You can just click here to see the rest of the changes that you can expect when the Construction Regulations Amendment of 2014 comes into effect.

The DoL is certainly getting tougher when it comes to safety regulations; perhaps it's safe to say you should expect safety laws to be tightened following the mining disaster at Harmony Gold.

We'll give you more analysis on the amendments when they're announced on Monday so you can comply.

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