There are many laws that impact on health and safety in the workplace that need to be read in conjunction with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
One of these laws is the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act no. 103 of 1977.
The most important standard incorporated in this Act is SABS 0400. This gives detail required for particular buildings according to their occupancy classification.
This means when you make extensions or structural alterations to your premises, you must make sure you get an occupancy certificate for the new sections. If you overlook this, not only will you be contravening the Act, but you'll also face the following challenges…
Here are the typical challenges that arise when building occupancy is different from the original purpose or if design population is not considered:
Challenge #1: Exceeding design population
Challenge #2: Building used for different purpose than the intended design
If the design occupancy doesn't meet the requirements for current usage, this could impact on:
To avoid these challenges, make sure you comply with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act when you make extensions to your premises. This'll help ensure you meet the specifications of the building plans.