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Creating a safety culture

Creating a safety culture

Recently, it has become quite trendy to refer to any behavioural system within an organisation as its “culture” – referring to the way in which things are done in the organisation. Workplace culture has become very well known, and similarly it would be wise to...

Safety representatives: appointment and training

Safety representatives: appointment and training

“The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, is the main legislation governing workplace safety and policy in South Africa. The main objective of the Act is to pro-actively attempt to prevent and avoid work related injuries and illness.” A key principle of...

Health & Safety in the Disciplinary Code

Health & Safety in the Disciplinary Code

Any Health & Safety plan, no matter how comprehensive, will only ever yield results commensurate with how well it is followed. Both employers and employees are responsible, in an interdependent relationship, for the health and safety of everyone in the workplace....

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

The biggest responsibility on any employer, as well as the most important duty imposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is to conduct a risk assessment. The outcome of such an assessment should inform the decisions and policies the employer institutes...

First Aid in the workplace

First Aid in the workplace

In any environment at any time, any person can fall ill or suffer an injury – including the workplaces. Regardless of whether this illness or injury comes because of the work performed, an employer is duty-bound to offer immediate and appropriate medical assistance....

COIDA: Overview Part 1

COIDA: Overview Part 1

It is an unfortunate reality that despite of the best efforts of an employer enjoying the full cooperation of employees, accidents can and do happen leading to an occupational injury. Unfortunately, there are many who believe that their responsibility to the employee...

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

The Health and Safety policy of a company or organisation communicates the general and specific commitments, company rules and regulations to achieve the goal of a healthy and safe environment for all who may be affected by it. The question that often causes some...