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Health & Safety

“Safety is 30% Common Sense, 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck
(Barry Spud)

Health and Safety Services We Provide

Health and Safety Files

Safety files are required by the OHS Act. To build a proper safety file takes time and you need appropriate knowledge of the legal requirements. We can help you build and also maintain your company's safety file as well as assist with inspections.

Health and Safety

The purpose of health and safety, whether it be on a construction site or in your business is fundamental to the smooth running of your organisation.

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Health & Safety in Construction

Protects the home owner by ensuring that all contractors onsite comply with the regulation I.e. All contractors on site have a health and safety file and are registered with the compensation fund. This not only protects the home owner from possible persecution should a serious incident occur, but also the contracting firm involved.

What it entails:

  1. Workers that do not have personal protective equipment need to be  issued with the necessary
  2. Toolbox talks are conducted weekly. (a short training session of approximately 5min) to discuss the week ahead and give informative information regarding safety issues.
  3. Risk assessments are conducted weekly or with every job change on site and discussed with workers.
  4. Monthly safety audits are conducted to ensure compliance and that the file is being kept up to date by the builders.

Feedback is given regularly to the home owner/contractor in order to stay up to date and ensure a safe working area for everyone.

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Health and Safety Retail

Health & Safety in Retail

Protects the business and business owner by ensuring they stay compliant with the law. By having all the necessary information and safe working procedures in place, it minimises the chances for client injury which minimises the possibility of insurance claims against the company.

What it entails:

  1.  Workers are issued with the correct personal protective equipment
  2. Safe working procedures are drawn up and conveyed to the staff members.
  3. Risk assessments are conducted every 4 months to ensure safe working environment for the staff.
  4. Staff are trained in their respective fields and are made aware of the dangers present.

By complying with the law and ensuring your staff are trained in their respective field you minimise a risk of injury and possible further proceedings against your company.

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When a worker is injured, there are hidden costs that a person does not always realise:

 1. Lost production time
2. May have to employ a temp
3. Time taken to train new persons
4. Loss of morale by your staff – means lost production time
5. Possible extra medical expenses
6. Escalating insurance costs due to a claim
7. Damage to property or equipment which needs to be replaced

Make sure your "Health & Safety" are in place.

Health & Safety File

Health & Safety
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“Safety is 30% Common Sense, 80% Compliance and the rest is goodluck
(Barry Spud)

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Health & Safety File

“According to Construction Regulation 5

 

h)the client must ensure that the principal contractor appointed has the necessary competencies and resources to carry out the work safely. 

(j) Ensure before any work is carried out that the principal contractor is registered and in good standing with the compensation fund or a licensed compensation insurer as stipulated in the compensation for occupation injuries and diseases act, 1993 (act no. 130 of 1993)

Regulation 7(1) the principal contractor must keep a health and safety file on site, which must include all documentation required by the act, and must be made available on request to the client, inspector, the clients agent or contractor.

 

The best advice is to let the client appoint a health and safety officer. If the builder does not, the client’s interest are not fully covered. At the end of the day what it boils down to, is that the principal contractor and owner have to take responsibility if anything (i.e incident) happens on the building site.
By the clients appointment of a health and safety officer, the officer has the clients backing and his best interest at heart.
Therefor, the client’s appointed safety officer will have to draw up a health and safety specification which will have to be followed by the principal contractor and sub contractors. Every contractor, be it the principal or sub contractor, has to be fully compliant and have their own health and safety in place.
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Tilana Coetzee             

Safety Administrator    

Wesley Ward Able

Safety Officer – SAIOSH & SACPCMP        

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