This section is provided to you as a free resource of information with regards to occupational health and safety, in the interests of educating and helping you to understand this important topic.

All businesses have an obligation to their employees to maintain a safe working environment, and the questions below will shed some light on important considerations and aspects of occupational health and safety.

What is the Occupational Health and Safety act, Act 85 of 1993?

The OHS Act is legislation that provides a guideline on the requirements that a company must comply with to ensure that construction regulations are enforced and a safe environment is implemented, before commencing with any construction, manufacturing or related activities.

What is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)?

The OHSMS is a system that is put in place to provide a systematic way of identifying hazards and controlling risks while maintaining assurance that these risk controls are effective. The OHSMS is put into place to manage procedures and collect information for comparison on a monthly basis to assist in evaluating Safety performance. To comply with legislation, implementation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is required. The best Occupational Health and Safety Management System is one that is understood by all employees and can easily be implemented by all employees.

What is a Health and Safety File, and why do I need one?

A Health and Safety File is the product of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System, and is a blueprint of your business’ safety performance. This is important for businesses that require health and safety information to be passed on to other entities for the sake of tenders or other work requirements. Having an up-to-date safety file is entrenched in the law. It not only keeps employers and employees safe, but it is also a business inventory.

How does an online system benefit me as a client?

A hard copy document, the safety file, allows for you to have an up to date inventory of your OHS documentation. Online storage of all documentation. You are able to access all required health and safety information easily and remotely. Other features such as notification of expiring documentation, scheduling times to attain replacement documentation or renewal of documentation are built into the system.

What is required to register as a safety officer with Safety for Africa?

To provide safety officer services the safety professional has to be suitably qualified and competent. We will always ensure that qualifications are up to standard. A safety officer that wishes to be part of our database needs to be registered.

Information on Health and Safety Regulatory and Registration Bodies

SACPCMP - The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions is a regulatory body set up by government to assess Safety Professional qualifications.

NEBOSH - The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health IOSH is based in the United Kingdom. NEBOSH has 2 categories; the first is for Safety Professionals operating in the UK, the second is for Safety Professionals working internationally. NEBOSH International Certificates and Diplomas are recognised worldwide as the syllabus is based on International Standards and International Safety Requirements.

SAMTRAC - Safety management training course; NOSA is exclusively accredited to provide SAMTRAC, which is accredited by the South African Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

IOSH - The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is the registration body for Safety Professionals that have attained a Safety Certificate through NEBOSH. Membership of IOSH is voluntary.

SAIOSH - This is the South African division of IOSH in South Africa, registering as a member of SAIOSH is voluntary.




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