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Here's what you need to know about the proposed changes to the chemical industry and health and safety regulations

by , 29 July 2014
You know the risks your employees face if they work with chemicals: burns, blindness, illnesses and poisoning.

That's why you have to ensure you have the right safety precautions in place. But what if it's not enough to just have safety precautions in place?

What if you need to change the way your employees work with these chemicals?

That's why the South African Chemical Industry might make this change to health and safety laws...

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The South African Chemical Industry may adopt 'Responsible Care'

 
Responsible Care is a movement that strives to improve health, safety and environmental protections within the global chemical industry.
 
Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) says the chemicals industry will adopt Responsible Care to help with incident prevention and awareness in South Africa.
 
To promote Responsible Care, the CAIA has even started doing talks at universities to spread the world. 
 
Now this isn't a law update but it could put pressure on your company and the way you work with chemicals.
 
Here's what you can do to so your company lives up to the Responsible Care goals…
 

Here's how your company can live up to the Responsible Care goals

 
To ensure your chemical business lives up to the Responsible Care goals, you must:
 
- Train your employees on chemical safety and how to work with these substances carefully;
- Put strict rules in place around disposing of chemicals;
- Have clear procedures about storing your chemicals;
- Ensure your chemicals don't have a negative effect on the community around your workplace; and
- Reach out to the community to teach them about how to use chemicals safely.
 
If you can do these five things, your company will have no problem in achieving its Responsible Care goals. 
 
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
 
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
 
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 
 
 
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