Why directors and managers need to “get involved” in Safety

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,...

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The Great Safety Manager!

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,...

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The Free ebook worth R5600?

It’s one of those mind-boggling special offers that reach your inbox from time to time. You can now save R5600 for something you never should have to buy in the first place, but curiosity and sex are great sellers. The purpose of this e-book guide is to provide users with a better understanding of the...

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Dear 16(1)

I, the 17(2) here by notify you, the 16(1) of my intention to exercise my powers contemplated in 18(1)(g) and request that the GMR2(1), and yourself accompany me during this time. This notice is also available in plain English, but since the official language of the 16(2) is Oshalese, I am obliged to write hogwash. ...

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The Balanced Risk Score Card V2.0 – how to rate Safety performance using the Updated Rating system

The WorkSafe BRSC or Balanced Risk Score Card is tool for evaluating the level of effort by a business to create Safe Work. Safe Work, is regarded work that can be done without the need for administrative and personal controls. And while it may seem as impossible as Zero Harm, it is not a measure...

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The Importance of a Balanced Risk Culture in creating Safer Work

Human life is based on duality. Our entire thinking is based on polar opposites. North vs South; Good vs Evil, Hot vs Cold, etc etc. And this duality culture has also found its way into the workplace. The “us and them”, the master and slave, the Employer and the Employee. The WorkSafe Philosophy has been...

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WorkSafe ITFC set to improve on ‘NOSA ITIS’

The WorkSafe ITFC not only deals with training and facilitation techniques, focused on outcomes-based learning principles, but also includes the creation of Online Self-Development Learning Modules promoted through WorkSafe Learning. This Train-the-trainer  program will assist Training personnel and supervisors to facilitate adult learning. This course is a prerequisite for licensee registration to current selected WorkSafe...

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The implications of proposed amendments to the Employer’s Duty to Inform

The South African government plans to amend safety legislation for general industries somewhere in the future. The OHS Bill X-2020 is lying dormant somewhere, awaiting to be presented to the National Assembly. To date, however, there has been no activity on the bill reported by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. Hopefully, it will not pass scrunity...

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Another Record Breaking Achievement for SA Workplaces

We are now entering year 15 and the amendments to the Maritime Occupational Safety Regulation, 2007 is still not in sight. The call for public comments on the amendment published in June 2021 has been withdrawn in September and new amendments were published, again subject to comments. One of the key reasons for the delay is...

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