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New Construction Regulation how-to: What you NEED to know about registering with the SACPCMP

by , 12 February 2014
Earlier this week, the Department of Labour (DoL) has announced changes to Construction Regulations. One of the changes says that health and safety practitioners MUST register with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). Read on to find out more about this so you can comply with the new regulations.

In this article, we told you about the key changes to Construction Regulations. We touched briefly on health and safety practitioners registering with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).

Now we're going to expand on this so you'll know exactly what to do if you're affected.

Construction Regulations say the following people must register with the SACPCMP

According to the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, registration with the SACPCMP is only required if you practice health and safety in the construction industry, as prescribed by the Project and Construction Management Professions Act, 2000 (Act No. 48 of 2000) and the new Construction Regulations.

The institute says 'if you're not sure if you fit the bill, then you need to compare your scope of work with that of the SACPCMP construction health and safety designations' scope of work which is listed on their website.'

But the regulation also explains that you must register with the SACPCMP if you're a construction health and safety agent, construction health and safety manager and construction health and safety officer.

Engineering News reports that when you register through the SACPCMP, you'll be subjected to a process, including an interview or an exam that will test your competence.

This is aimed at rooting out unscrupulous health and safety practitioners.

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After all, Public Works minister Thulas Nxesi believes that 'some of the more tangible benefits that are expected from the regulation of construction health and safety professionals were, among others, the improvement of health and safety management on all construction projects, increased employee and public confidence in employer construction health and safety projects, and enhanced quality of life.'

Well there you have it. If you're a health and safety professional in the construction sector, make sure you register with the SACPCMP or contact them if you're unsure about the process.

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