- Is there a difference between a Health and Safety Rep and a Health and Safety Officer?
- Do you know there's a distinct difference between a 'Health and Safety Representative' and a 'Health and Safety Officer'? Read on to find out what the difference is...
We use the terms 'Health and Safety Representative' and a 'Health and Safety Officer' loosely, but do you know there's a distinct difference between the two? You need to know what the difference is as they perform different functi... ››› more
- [11 October 2016]
- Here's where to start to get your SME compliant with the OHS Act before your first DoL inspection
- As an SME, you probably find the idea of health and safety overwhelming!
Added to the fact that accident rates in SMEs are twice that of larger businesses. Or that the cost of safety failure could shut you down completely! And I'm sure you don't know how to ensure you're ready for a DoL inspection.
I'm going to tell you where to start so you can be 100% sure your health and management system... ››› more
- [06 May 2015]
- Ensure compliance with safety regulations by monitoring and reviewing your Health and Safety Plan
- Your Health and Safety Plan needs to be dynamic so you can respond to changing circumstances and easily implement new safety regulations.
For this to happen, you must ensure your Principal Contractor performs regular safety audits on the construction work he does.
And you must ensure your Health and Safety Plan provides a safe and healthy environment for everyone on site.
Sounds like a ... ››› more
- [04 May 2015]
- Dealing with incident reporting: Are you 100% sure you know the steps?
- Your health and safety management system should work without error.
However, there are many rules that are being overlooked and in many situations you get to find out the consequences when the case is reported to the court.
When it comes to incident reporting, you have to make sure that the right procedure is being set up and that the health and safety representatives know the important rol... ››› more
- [14 April 2015]
- Your Health and Safety Officer has seven essential responsibilities: Are you familiar with them?
- Your Health and Safety Officer has a rather large area of responsibilities on his daily list.
He needs to protect employees' health and safety by making sure risks in the workplace are properly controlled and to ensure that your business is complying with all aspects of health and safety.
Here's what you need to know about your Health and Safety Officer's responsibilities...
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- [10 April 2015]
- Office health and safety: Five ways to keep the office free of hazards
- There are several ways you can use to keep your office and your team protected from hazards. Probably the most important rule is to never forget about the periodic inspection you should perform and to make sure your team understands the importance of the health and safety training.
Their actions influence anyone in the workplace and this is something no one should forget.
Here's how you can... ››› more
- [07 April 2015]
- SACPCMP is pointing fingers at safety officers for building collapses. Would you do the same?
- There's a lot of talk at the moment about why accidents, such as the building collapse in Meyersdal last week, keep happening.
According to Nomvula Rakalote, an SACPCMP registrar, the problem comes down to unregistered project managers, health and safety agents, managers and officers. She believes the inexperienced and ineffective work these employees do is the cause for unsafe construction sit... ››› more
- [26 August 2014]
- Your safety officer: Your greatest ally in keeping your employees safe
- The hardest part of health and safety is often getting your employees to follow the rules. They forget to follow procedures, they don't wear PPE and they may behave badly.
But luckily, you have an ally who can help you with this. This is the one person who's on site to watch your employees and ensure they stick to the rules.
This person is your safety officer - here's why he's your greatest ... ››› more
- [22 August 2014]
- Is a lack of supervision the reason your workplace is a safety hazard?
- Do you know what happens on your construction site when management isn't around? Or what happens when your safety officers take extended lunch breaks?
The truth is you won't know what happens until there's an accident. Then, it'll suddenly turn out that someone did something while there weren't any supervisors around.
When there's no one to ensure your employees do their job properly, it's ... ››› more
- [22 August 2014]
- Safety officer supervision could save your employee's life
- Your safety officer is responsible for supervising your employees while they work. He must ensure they work safely and follow your health and safety rules.
Without him, your employees will do whatever they like and that could have serious health and safety consequences.
That's why you must ensure your safety officer is on duty and watching your employees. If he wanders off for just a momen... ››› more
- [22 August 2014]