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  • Here's exactly what the OHS Act says about health and safety training
  • One of the rules the OHS Act outlines is the need to train your employees in health and safety issues. This enables them to protect themselves from danger by following safe operating procedures. But what does the OHS Act really say about this training? Must it be formal or informal? Must you do it or must someone else? To help relieve your confusion we're revealing exactly what the Act says ... ››› more
  • [08 October 2014]
  • Without THIS, your health and safety programme is doomed!
  • Do you try get through your health and safety programme on your own without any help? If you do, I'm afraid to say you're doomed to fail. Health and safety isn't something you can do without any assistance. You need to appoint the right people to help you or you'll miss out on vital information. In fact, is you don't have this one person on your health and safety team, it's doomed...   ... ››› more
  • [18 August 2014]
  • Your four duties regarding HSE Committees
  • If you have two or more Health and Safety Representatives in your company, they automatically form a health and safety (HSE) committee (OHS Act, Section 19). Read on for your four employer duties when it comes to these HSE committees... Dear Reader If you have two or more Health and Safety Representatives in your company, they automatically form a health and safety (HSE) committee (OHS Act, Sec... ››› more
  • [04 February 2014]
  • How often should your HSE committee hold meetings?
  • You probably know that the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires your Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) committee to hold meetings. But, do you know how often these meetings must be held? Read on to find out so you can ensure your HSE committee is complaint. Don't know when and how often your HSE committee must hold its meetings? If so, here's a simple explanation… You... ››› more
  • [05 December 2013]
  • Six things HSE officers are empowered to do
  • It's important you're aware of what HSE officers are empowered to do. If the Department of Labour (DoL) visits your premises, they'll ask you about this to ensure you're in line with safety laws. In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), HSE officers are empowered to do the following duties… HSE officers are empowered to perform these six duties… According to Louise... ››› more
  • [05 December 2013]
  • How many HSE officers must you elect in your workplace?
  • As you know, a Health, Safety and Environment representative (HSE rep) or HSE officer is an employee other employees nominate and elect to represent them on matters that relate to their health and safety at work. But do you know the number of HSE officers your employees are required to elect? Read on to find out so you can comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The OHSA requ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2013]
  • Can a HSE Committee member be prosecuted for failing to fulfill his functions?
  • As you know, a Health, Safety and Environment representative (HSE rep or HSE officer) is an employee that other employees nominate and elect to represent them on matters that relate to their health and safety at work (including environmental matters that relate to their workspace). But do you know what happens when a HSE officer fails to fulfill his duties, can you have him prosecuted? Read on to ... ››› more
  • [15 November 2013]
  • Electing a health and safety rep? Here's two ways to conduct the election
  • You probably know that if your company has 20 or more employees, you must have a Health, Safety and Environment representative (HSE rep). If you don't, you could be fined R50 000 or face jail time for up to a year, or even both! But do you know of the two ways you can use to conduct the election? Read on to find out what they are. There are two ways you can use to conduct the election of a HSE ... ››› more
  • [14 November 2013]
  • Here's how to implement a fall protection plan in line with the OHSA
  • If your employees work at heights, you must have a fall protection plan. If you don't have one, your employees could fall and get injured. This'll not only cost you thousands in penalties, it could also stop your projects and cause delays in production. Don't take that risk. Read on to discover how to implement a fall protection plan that complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)... ››› more
  • [30 September 2013]
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