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Revealed: Two important changes you need to know about Construction Regulations of 2014

by , 12 February 2014
On Monday (10 February), the Department of Labour (DoL) announced changes to Construction Regulations of 2014. Read on to find out about two of the key changes so you can comply.

Changes to Construction Regulations have been announced at last. And here are the two most important ones:

Key change in Construction Regulations 2014 #1: All construction companies must have a construction work-permit

According to a BDlive report, regulations that came into effect on Monday stipulate that construction companies WILL NOT be allowed to begin site work without a new DoL permit governing health and safety.

This means your company must lodge an application to the DoL 30 days before you begin construction work. The DoL will then assess your application to ensure it meets the requirements.

Read on for the key changes...

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Key change in Construction Regulations 2014 #2: Safety practitioners must be registered

In the report, Anthony Forgey says for the first time every safety practitioner (agents, managers and officers) would have to register with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions before working on a construction site.

Forgey is an executive for construction health and safety at the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions.

He goes on to say that 'safety professionals have an 18-month grace period, during which the council would conduct registration drives.

Those that failed to register would not be allowed to practise at all. [And] being employed without council registration would be a criminal offence.'

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant used the launch of the new regulations to raise concerns about workplace safety.

In the BDlive report, Oliphant said: 'The [construction] industry is the heart and soul of our economy, (but) it continues to be bedevilled by poor health and safety management. Workers continue to be subjected to opaque working environments on the construction sites.'

The amendments are aimed at changing all of this.

The DoL is serious about safety in the construction industry, make sure you comply with these new changes to show it you are too.

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