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  • Four health and safety aspects to include in every risk assessment!
  • Risk assessments are becoming more commonplace as companies realise the importance of complying with their Occupational Health and Safety Act responsibilities. Do you know what to include when you conduct a risk assessment in your workplace in order to prove your OHSA compliance? There're countless hazards in your workplace that could impact your processes, employees and products of your busine... ››› more
  • [08 April 2013]
  • Make sure your HSE reps are doing their jobs... or face the consequences
  • Did you know that if you have more than 20 employees in your workplace, you must choose a health and safety representative (HS representative)? It's a legal requirement according to the OHS Act! Your HS representative has several functions which they must perform in the company/department. Let me tell you more about what they need to do in your company so you avoid penalties... ------... ››› more
  • [27 March 2013]
  • Are you giving your HSE reps enough time to meet their responsibilities?
  • Health and safety training is big news internationally. So much so that Australia's transport industry is now offering its members health and safety training programmes to raise awareness of health and safety issues, intending to train four times as many HSE reps as last year. This is a great way to prevent any accidents - that's why you should appoint more than one HSE rep... In Australia, the... ››› more
  • [27 March 2013]
  • HSE reps: Do you know what your company's SHE file should include?
  • Let us ask you a question: If the Department of Labour showed up at your company's door today, are you 100% certain your SHE file is in order and up to date with all relevant documents? If you aren't, read on to discover the 14 things your SHE file must contain... Whenever you start a new business or project, you need to develop a health and safety system that complies with the Occupational Hea... ››› more
  • [20 March 2013]
  • The secret to giving an award-winning performance as your company's HSE rep!
  • If you've just been appointed as a health and safety representative in your company, you'll already know that there's a lot on your plate. You're ultimately responsible for all employees' health and safety, and need to make sure preventative measures are put in place to minimise risk where possible. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't! It's easy to shine in your new role... Health and safety representat... ››› more
  • [19 March 2013]
  • Use eco-friendly products to protect the environment and meet your OHSA obligations!
  • Today marks the two-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, says the TimesLive website. What better time to conduct a risk assessment - is your business harming the environment by not using eco-friendly products? The devastating earthquake experienced in Japan two years ago measured 9.0 on the Richter scale, says the TimesLive website.    While we haven't... ››› more
  • [12 March 2013]
  • 10 Points you must cover in your Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
  • Imagine this... Someone's working on your air conditioner. They're welding a vent and some sparks land on your carpet and start a fire in your office. Are you prepared for such an office incident? Do your employees know which fire exits to use? Did you know that by law you must provide and maintain a safe working environment for your employees? (Section 8.1 of the Occupational Health and Safe... ››› more
  • [08 March 2013]
  • What should your HSE rep be checking when he does a PPE inspection?
  • It's impossible to remove all the health hazards in your workplace, but you can minimise them. That's where personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in. It's there to help reduce the health risks of your employees. But your employees' PPE is only as safe as the inspection procedure you have in place to check it. Here's what your HSE rep needs to look out for when conducting a PPE inspection... ... ››› more
  • [07 March 2013]
  • Warning: Your employees could be suffering from 'Sick Building Syndrome'?
  • If your employees complain about headaches; eye, nose, and throat irritation; a dry cough; itchy skin; dizziness, nausea; lapses in concentration and fatigue - they could be suffering from Sick Building Syndrome, reports The Health and Safety Advisor. Read on to discover what you need to know about Sick Building Syndrome as well as the easy steps you can take to alleviate it. You may not realis... ››› more
  • [05 March 2013]
  • Does your HSE rep know how to secure the scene of a health and safety incident?
  • 'At least 13 workers were wounded by rubber bullets or machetes in fighting at Amplats' Siphumelele mine following clashes between rival unions', on Monday, reports Fin24. With violent strike action becoming more and more common within the South African business landscape, there's every chance something similar could take place at your company one day. Here's what your HSE rep needs to do to secur... ››› more
  • [20 February 2013]
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