Another Safety Checkbox Unnecessary

Health & Safety practice had over the years adopted a stance that an Independent business or contractor must provide a Tax Clearance certificate before any work can be done for an employer. Arguably this has nothing to do with H&S, but most practitioners wear more hats than just H&S and are often also acting as […]

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The sun is setting on South Africa’s construction industry

South Africa’s once-thriving construction industry is crumbling. On Tuesday, Group Five – one of the largest builders in Africa – filed for bankruptcy protection after its creditors pulled funding. Group Five was founded in 1974. It employs 8000 people. The JSE has suspended trading in Group Five shares. They last traded at 89 cents, giving […]


Sheqafrica to be a media partner for HSSE conference

Sheqafrica has agreed to be one of the Media Partners of the HSSE Conference to be held in Nigeria in the middle of the year. The organisers, a Dubai based company, approached Sheqafrica on 13 March with the invitation to participate in the event, which was a great achievement for the magazine’s new management team, […]


Change Management Office (CMO) – Enabling change readiness in organisations

8 March 2019 / 9:00There is a lot of research on Project Management Offices (PMOs). A PMO enables an organisation, or parts of it, in managing projects and programmes by creating standards, training and coaching people in applying those standards, planning and controlling the portfolio of activities in a respective part or all of the… […]


OSHRC Holds Integra Health Management Accountable for Workplace Violence

  Integra Health Management is to blame following the death of a worker who was stabbed during a home visit, according to the  Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). The social service employer was cited with multiple safety violations after the employee was stabbed nine times left bleeding on a front lawn after a December […]


Employers using all tricks to circumvent labour laws – CCMA

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has called on the Department of Labour inspectorate to join forces to clamp down on the growing practice of deliberate circumventing of the labour laws. CCMA Legal Researcher: Office of the Director, Wilbur van Niekerk said there was a growing trend used by employers of using every… […]


Campbell Institute: Train Workers on Visual Literacy to Spot Hazards

New findings show that workers are able to spot workplace hazards more accurately when they are trained on the concepts of visual literacy. The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council completed a study which examined how employees at companies such as Cummins Inc. have been able to identify otherwise unnoticed hazards after training. “About 90% of the information people consume… […]

HOT NEWS! revives its Free SA Edition has revived its free SHEQ Magazine started in 2018 with a new drive to attract more free readers. This also opens a new avenue of business services being advertised for free. Running back to back with’s change-over to a paid service from 1 March 2019, the free edition will offer content dating back […]
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OSHA Cites Bruce Foods Corp. with 24 Safety Violations

Mexican food manufacturer Bruce Foods Corp. is facing $194,350 in fines after a worker suffered an amputation. The El Paso, Texas-based company was cited for 24 serious safety violations. “Moving machine parts can cause severe injuries when they are not properly guarded and safety procedures are not in place,” said OSHA El Paso Area Director […]
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Being Ethical Has Its Perks: World’s Most Ethical Companies

What is the criteria for being an ethical company? And why is it important? Ethisphere, which on Feb. 26 released the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies, chooses companies that have met rigorous criteria across five categories covering the quality of their ethics and compliance program, organizational culture, corporate citizenship and responsibility, governance, and leadership and reputation.  […]
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Vision Zero app for zero accidents and healthy work

EU-OSHA welcomes the new Vision Zero app from the Vision Zero global campaign, run by the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The app promotes ISSA’s ‘7 golden rules — for zero accidents and healthy work’, is quick and easy to use, and shows the workplace safety and health status of an organisation. The app is […]
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Scaffolding – Steel or Aluminum?

I recently received a call from a rather confused OHS practitioner who asked if Aluminum climbing equipment is a scaffold or not and if the legal appointments is necessary. According to an article published by a manufacturer, these “climbing equipment” is not a scaffold. The answer is however the opposite. The Construction Regulations defines a […]
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SAIOSH Members may harm the already fragile consulting industry.

In a recent article on, it was reported that the Department of Labour requested SAIOSH members to report unsafe conditions and acts to them. This route is filled with dangers in itself and it is doubtful that it was initiated by the DOL. The information of the employer is protected under Section 36 of […]
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HOT NEWS! RSS appoints new Editor tasked with Transformation

Africa Media, one of the two owners of and other online magazines, have appointed Jessica van Zyl as its new Editor-in-Chief effective from 4 March 2019. Jessica studied Journalism at Howard College in KZN and brings 12 years of experience to the scene. In addition, she also holds a NEBOSH IGC and a few […]
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Bizstrat – Organiser of Construction Risk Africa Conference under fire

[UPDATED] cancelled the marketing of the Construction Risk Africa annual conference organised by Servigraph 30 CC, trading as Bizstrat, just 48 hours after the AISE Payment Risk Register was launched on 14 February 2019 and terminated all relations with its owner, Dhanesh Ramparsad. The Conference has been re-scheduled after the 2018 event did not […]
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A-OSH EXPO South Africa 2019

A-OSH EXPO South Africa 2019   The 9th A-OSH EXPO and takes place from 14 to 16 May 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. As a truly proudly South African show, the expo provides holistic access to all things related to wellness and safety at work. This includes health-at-work programmes, environmental issues, personal and protective equipment, working […]


March 2019 Safety Product Innovations

View the latest products from EHS Today’s March issue. EHS Today’s print edition highlights the latest personal protective equipment, software and safety products ranging from footwear to training. Our March issue features innovations from MSA Safety, Ansell, Honeywell, CEA Instruments, Tingley Rubber Corp., Pure Safety Group and ReadyMax. To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to […]
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The New Impact Standard

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Working at Heights: Why the Risks of Occupational Accidents Still Fall on Deaf Ears

Falls from heights remain the biggest cause of occupational fatalities in the construction industry. According to a report by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, 42% of deaths between 1982 and 2015 in construction involved falls; 54% of workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system; and 20% of fatalities […]
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Who has access to your Personal Medical Information?

As an employee you may have found yourself involved in the debate on “medical testing” and your personal medical information to see if you are fit to do the job you have applied for. And in many cases these medical tests are somewhat invasive and often a bit embarrassing. And although there is nothing preventing […]


Construction Health & Safety Registration to be challenged in the High Court

Durban – The indirectly forced registration of health and safety practitioners in South Africa under the Construction Regulations, 2014 have been reported ad nauseam since 2013, and recently surfaced on Social media again. The registration process is now going to be tested for the first time, in a court of law. A Durban based HSE […]


When may employees refuse to work?

Under certain Safety, Health and Environmental legislation, there are instances when it is lawful for an employee to refuse to work.


The SACPCMP – Know your Rights!

Since 2014, working in Construction Health & Safety has become a difficult task. This is because of the introduction of the Construction Regulations that stipulates a person who is to be appointed as a “Health & Safety Agent”, must be registered with the South African Council for Project & Construction Management Professions, a public protector […]

Practitioner Corner

OHS Consulting rates: 2019

In our prequel to this topic we looked at all the aspects to consider in finding the answer to the question of a reasonable rate for an OHS consultant. In this article, we will compare the consulting rate with the cost to company of a full time OHS manager in South Africa. First of all, […]

Practitioner Corner RSS

The Role of the Health & Safety Rep

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the job of Health & Safety Representative. The reason is that there are two Acts that regulates these persons. The one Act is the Mine Health & Safety Act, and the other Act is the Occupational Health & Safety Act, which do not apply to Mines. […]

Practitioner Corner

How to develop a fishing vessel compliance audit

Owners of marine fleets have to conduct a fishing vessel compliance audit every three months in South Africa.

Practitioner Corner

How to develop PPE policy and management

Effective selection, issue, use, and management of personal protective equipment, requires a detailed PPE policy.

Practitioner Corner

How to manage sexual harassment complaints

Sexual harassment is unfair discrimination, regulated by the Employment Equity Act, and Promotion of Equality Act. Here are some management guidelines.

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