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Six changes you need to know about in the Construction Regulations

by , 18 February 2014
The changes to the Construction Regulations were promulgated on 10 February 2014. It's vital you know the changes to the Construction Regulations and how they effect your your business...

Dear Reader

The changes to the Construction Regulations were promulgated on 10 February 2014. Today I want to take you through a few significant changes in the Construction Regulations that effect your business.

Here are six changes you need to know about to make sure you're complying with the new Construction Regulations.

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Six changes in the Construction Regulations you must implement

1. Application for construction work permit

A client must apply for a permit 30 days before starting the actual work if the project:
•    Is more than 180 days;
•    Involves more than 1800 man days of construction work; or
•    Has a value of R13 million or more.  
The Provincial Director must issue this permit within 30 days of your application if all your documentation is correct.

2. Duties of the Client
There's more emphasis on client consideration and the accountability of Health and Safety aspects. This means your client has more responsibilities and accountability for Health and Safety.

3. Duties of designers
Your designers must ensure they include applicable safety standards in their designs. The designer must also tell the client all possible dangers or risks they identify in their design.

Read on for the next three changes...



Three more changes in the Construction Regulations you must implement

4. Risk Assessments
There's new criteria you need to include in your risk assessments. Your risk assessment must now include your safe working procedures to mitigate or reduce your risks. And you need to include your monitoring plan and review plan.

5. Fall Protection Plan
There are now more controls to reduce the risk of falls from working at heights. Your fall protection plan must now make provision for a rescue plan.

6. Rope Access Work
The Regulation for Rope Access Work now replaces the Regulation for the Boatswain chair. A boatswain's chair (or bosun's chair) is a device you use to suspend a person from a rope to work high up. It's like a climbing harness, but has rigid seat, providing more comfort than even the best-padded straps for long-term use.

These changes are brief outlines of the changes in the Construction Regulations. You need to assess your business and start making the changes to comply with the new Construction Regulations.

Yours in Safety

Johann Botes
SHE Practitioner (SAIOSH Reg No. 1577)
Health and Safety Advisor

PS – We're updating all our chapters on Construction Regulations in your Health and Safety Advisor. Look out for your next update and make sure your handbook is up to date with these latest changes. Order your Health and Safety Advisor today!

PPS - Be the first to know how to implement all the changes in your business. Email louise@fsp.co.za to be added to our hot list and you'll be the first to know when the Construction Regulations Compliance Guide is available.


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Comments
2 comments


zachari 2015-07-12 21:06:25

Hi,please enforce this to all health and safety institude in south africa,because I beleave we need to start to learn construction regulation from basic construction course...thanks

Rosa Boshoff 2014-02-18 12:07:13

In a previous article it was stated that for work lasting more than 180 days, more than 1800 working hours or to a value of R13 million a permit must be obtained. Which one is correct? Thank you

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