- Eight topics you must include in your induction training for contractors
- According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. Here's a checklist of eight items you must include in your induction training for your contractors. According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. It's a vital part of... ››› more
- [18 January 2017]
- What PPE do the general safety regulations require?
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) contains 50 sections and 20 sets of regulations. The different regulations specify the specific requirements you must adhere to. This includes requirements about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read on to find out what the general safety regulations require when it comes to PPE.
When it comes to PPE, you can't just comply with the regulations y... ››› more
- [18 January 2017]
- Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them...
'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of... ››› more
- [16 January 2017]
- Ask these questions to gather evidence in your health and safety audit
- One of the first steps in your health and safety audit process is gathering all the information you need to assess your system. There are two ways to start this process... 1) Asking your employees questions around following your health and safety processes.
2) Asking your managers the processes they follow to ensure they're following the right health and safety procedures.
Here are four questi... ››› more
- [12 January 2017]
- What kind of training is required to erect a scaffold?
- You probably know that if your company's erecting scaffolding it must comply with construction regulations. But do you know what the law says about the type of training required to erect a scaffold? Read on to find out....
If you're not sure of what the law says about training that's needed to erect a scaffold, the Health & Safety Advisor has got you covered.
Here's what the law says about... ››› more
- [10 January 2017]
- 3 Reasons to register with Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) or face the penalties...
- Over the past few weeks, the Health & Safety helpdesk has received a lot of questions about registering with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COID).
What is Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases ?...
COID is a government body that compensates workers who've been injured at work or who have contracted an illness or disease at work.
COID is there ... ››› more
- [09 January 2017]
- Six factors to consider when preparing your health and safety audit schedule
- You know you need to conduct health and safety audits regularly. They help you identify the key problems in your Health and Safety System, check you're compliant and helps you prevent problems before they happen.
Before you start your audit, you need to draft a schedule to plan how you're going to approach your audit.
Attention! Heal... ››› more
- [04 January 2017]
- Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
- If you don't take steps to keep your employees safe when they work with scaffolding, you could be fined R50 000, spend a year in jail or both. Don't take that risk! Use this 14 step checklist to put up your scaffolding safely.
If your employees work at heights of 1.5m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work they carry out.
Here's what you must do to put up ... ››› more
- [03 January 2017]
- Seven things you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for during a health and safety inspection
- The Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Here's what you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for when they arrive at your company unannounced...
The chances of DoL inspectors rocking up at your company's door one day are huge. Recently, the Dep... ››› more
- [23 December 2016]
- Sub-contractors must stick to these health and safety responsibilities
- If you're a principal contractor in construction, it's important for your sub-contractors to comply with the same moral, legal and mutual obligations. This will ensure you to successfully carry out any contracts you've been awarded in a safe manner. Read on to discover the three obligations your sub-contractors must stick to.
Although a sub-contractor is your responsibility, he's still an emplo... ››› more
- [22 December 2016]