According to the Health & Safety Advisor, a safe work permit (SWP) is a form that a competent person must complete to ensure employees and external contractors are protected when they do hazardous work.
The SWP contains all possible hazards and risks you have to remove or reduce before you allow your employee or external contractor to work.
You'll need a SWP for:
It's crucial that you get a permit for any of the 'listed work' mentioned.
If you don't get a SWP for 'listed work,' you'll face the following consequences
If you're convicted in court for not complying with your obligations for work permits, you'll be fined or sent to prison for up to six months.
If you do nothing to correct the situation, you'll pay an additional fine of R200 or have more jail time added to your sentence for each day you continue with the offence.
The Advisor warns that the Department of Labour can shut your business down if you've exceeded the fine payments and jail time.
Remember, your safe work permits must be issued by a competent person after doing proper inspections. If they aren't, your employees can get seriously hurt, not to mention your company being shut down.
Now that's a risk you can't afford to take!