An estimated 89 000 new cases of traumatic brain injuries happen every year in South Africa. And many of them take place on construction sites just like yours
The good news is you can do something about it and protect your employees.
All you have to do is make sure they all have this one piece of PPE...
Here's how this piece of PPE can protect your employees from traumatic brain i... ››› more
Recently, I came across a question on the HealthandSafetyClub.co.za about an employee who lied about his injury-on-duty.
He claimed he was wearing his protective clothing at the time of the accident and it didn't protect him so he could claim the accident as an IOD. But the truth is he wasn't wearing his PPE. This means the accident was his fault.
When his employer inspected the PPE, he di... ››› more
The OHS Act says you must give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE). And that PPE must be specific to the risks your employees face at work.
If it isn't and the DoL comes to inspect your workplace, you could face a R25 000 fine.
Why take that chance when it's so easy to make sure your employees' PPE protects them from their work risks?
Just follow this simple guide to dete... ››› more
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expensive.
For a hard hat, you're looking at spending about R500 for one. Then you have to multiply that by all the workers in your company. So let's say you have 100 employees. That's 50 000 just on hard hats and if each employees lose one or three, you could easily spend more than triple your budget. And that's just for one piece of PPE. Your employees ... ››› more
If your employees have to work with tools, machinery and other hazardous equipment, they need safety gloves to protect their hands.
But because your employees have to wear this personal protect equipment (PPE) all the time, it wears out very quickly.
This can result in the safety gloves being ineffective and hazardous.
That's why you need to inspect your employees' safety gloves at lea... ››› more
If your employees work in an area that has a lot of airborne dust and debris, it can seriously injure their eyes. Similarly, if your employees work on machinery that causes sparks, these could burn your employees' eyes.
Even working with chemicals can have a serious impact on your employees' eyes because of the harsh fumes.
It's your duty as an employer to protect your employees from these... ››› more
The OHS Act says you have to give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE). And you need to do a risk assessment to find out what kinds of PPE they need to protect them.
Unfortunately though, PPE gets old and it's expensive to replace it every year.
And since your employees have to use this safety gear every day, it's not like you can risk them going without for a while.
The g... ››› more
If your employees face danger every day at work, it's your responsibility to protect them from it. This means you need to install safety measures and train your employees to work safely.
But sometimes, that isn't enough and you need to give your employees extra protection.
That's why the OHS Act says you must give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe.
Bu... ››› more
The manufacturing industry is one of the most dangerous industries. The reason for this is the dangerous machinery you need to do your job. These machines have multiple hazards such as exposed moving parts, over-heating and possibly even sparking.
And that means they're constantly in danger when they work with this machinery. And you need to take every precaution to protect them from these dang... ››› more
You need to do a risk assessment to identify the hazards in your workplace. Then you need to give your employees personal protective equipment (PPE) where you can see it will help reduce the likelihood of a workplace accident and injury.
But here's the thing, you can't just give your employees PPE. There's one very important rule you have to follow first.
Read on to find out what it is so ... ››› more
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