WorkSafe Africa have just launched its website for Namibia and will be focusing on the requirements of the Labour Act 2007 as it relates to workplace safety. With the introduction of the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy in November 2021, we can expect a few major additions to the OHS legislative regime over the […]
Theatrics is defined as excessively emotional and dramatic behaviour and no person will ever see a better show than watching two Occupational Safety and Health Officers on a construction site. The curtain is called the Safety File. And the two actors are arguing on why this file is not approved. Do yourself a favour, and […]
When it comes to Environmental Engineering controls relating to the use, storage and transportation of chemical substances, the Material Safety Data Sheet can provide valuable insights. Ecology Coming soon…...
When it comes to the control of exposure to hazardous chemical substances, the Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS provides more value than just being an item on a checklist. It is a vital document that gives us a few key pieces of information regarding the “personality” of the chemical or mixture which we can […]
The role of the appointed “Competent Person” in operational safety is often ignored in Safety Management Systems such as ISO 45000. The only aspect of this role that is considered, is the letter of appointment. Besides that, the Plant Engineer or maintenance manager / supervisor, does not seem to be regarded as a Safety Professional. […]
Some people are quick to show their ignorance. Using the same phrase in two different pieces of legislation, and you will be successful in attracting the best advisors you can get. WorkSafe recently sent out a notice of its intention to register a Public Benefit Organisation in South Africa.. So if you received the notice […]
The phrase “bogus safety bodies” was coined by SAIOSH two years ago in an attempt to justify their sole right to exist in an article titled “Beware of Bogus Safety Bodies”. According to SAIOSH, Professional bodies and their professional designations are recognised and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in terms of the […]
The “Red Tape Bill” formally known as the Ease of Doing Business Bill, is currently making its way through the legislature. The Bill, which aims inter alia to provide for for the assessment of regulatory measures developed by the Executive, members and committees of Parliament and self-regulatory bodies, so as to consider the socio-economic impact […]
It is common practice for directors and managers to send their safety officers on courses and seminars relating to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. But where these seminars are aimed at Board and Exco level, there’s a very good reason why the safety officer should be excluded. “If you are calling from Vodacom,...
Meet Joe! He’s a great safety manager; in fact, he’s one of the best! In his career had employees do excellent work to protect themselves against harm! He got them to do inspections of all the machinery and equipment. He got them to investigate the accidents of fellow workers. He got them to check ladders,...