As you know, there are a whole host of questions you and your employees must answer to see if you're complying with the OHS Act.
If you don't know the right questions to be asking your employees, you can't measure your compliance and you'll fail your audit. Now, this sounds all very well and legit.
I love the legalese we use. 'Measure your compliance'… 'fail your audit'. We hear terms like... ››› more
You can't just decide to conduct breathalyser tests as you see fit. You have to do it according to what's prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Read on to find out what the Act says about this.
Don't know what the law says about breathalyser tests at work? If so, here's an answer for you.
Here's what the OHSA says about breathalyser tests at work
Firstly, you must... ››› more
A DoL inspector can enter your construction site at any time - without any previous notice - to ensure your site complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Here are 12 documents to include in your health and safety file, for when he comes knocking on your door... 1. Health and safety specifications
Even though these specifications can often be located in the bill of quantities o... ››› more
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
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
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
Having a HIRA (hazard identification and risk assessment) process at your company is one of the most important tools at your disposal to ensure your company's compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).Here are the four types of risk assessments you must do...
Most incidents in the workplace happen because of insufficient management controls. One way of ensuring your compa... ››› more
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to identify all hazards and risks in your workplace. You must, thereafter, analyse the risks and implement control measures to reduce or remove the risks associated with your company's activities. Use this toolbox talk to train your employees on the importance of doing daily risk assessments in their work area...
The words 'risk assessm... ››› more
By now you know that a DoL inspector can demand to inspect your workplace, without prior notice, to see if you're fully compliant with all relevant labour legislation.
This includes him checking to see that your Health and Safety Representatives, as well as your Health and Safety Committees, are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
So that's good to know, but how can... ››› more
Health and safety committee meetings are an important part of your overall workplace health and safety. They address all the nitty-gritties needed to ensure your office is a safe environment for your employees.
But these meetings can easily drag out and you don't cover what you need to. They sometimes lose their meaning because people get side tracked.
Make this a thing of the past and app... ››› more
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