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Is OHS Self-regulation back in the game?

Sheqafrica.co.za’s sister publication, Sheqafrica.com, previously reported on the Council for the Built Environment’s (CBE) application for exemption of the Identification of Work from the requirements of the Competition Act. In September 2018 the CBE invited stakeholders to provide input following the Competition Commission’s decision to reject the application. To recap, the Commission determined that the […]

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Why do people commit unsafe acts?

Four basic reasons for unsafe acts are as follows: Improper attitudes of the workers; Lack of knowledge or skills; Physical unsuitability; and Improper mechanical or physical environment. Except for reflex actions, unsafe acts are learnt acts, and can be replaced with learnt safe acts. If an employee’s learning has been inadequate or misdirected, it is […]

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Health and Safety Representative Training Workshop

Introduction Send your Health & Safety Representative on this 1 day course and improve the quality of your organisation’s OHS functions. Course objective and skills Delegates will gain the following skills: INSPECT the workplace and report back on those risks with the potential for causing an illness, injury, damage or loss. INVESTIGATE various incidents that […]

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Proper or Registered practitioners? – Time to ask the serious questions – again!

The Department of Employment and Labour held its first OHS Conference which ended 26 July 2019. During the conference, the Director of Construction, Explosives and Major Hazards Installations (MHI), Phumi Maphaha says he wants to see a jail term as a form of sanction to violators of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the construction sector […]

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“Vision Zero” – a workplace free of accidents and diseases.

“Vision Zero” is the latest safety slogan as introduced by the Minister of Employment and Labour, Minister Thulas Nxesi while addressing about 1 000 delegates at the Occupational health and safety conference at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. He said business and organised labour have key roles to play to achieve the Vision Zero. “We have to work with […]

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9 Safety Strategies of an effective CEO

It does not matter what type of business you run; be it is a sole owner, director or the Chief Executive of a multi-national company, you will be held liable for any harm caused by the business. And in some cases this liability may even be in your personal capacity jointly with the business itself. […]

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Understanding And The Investigation Of Road Traffic Accidents

In recent years, the specific subject matter and knowledge of Traffic Accident Investigation, Reconstruction & Cause Analysis has become an increasingly specialised and important tool to the Judiciary, the Police Services, the Insurance industry, private companies and many related industry companies and services. The attendance at any scene of an accident can be a very […]

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SmartSafe Africa – a game changer is coming

Cape Town: Sheqafrica Corporate Services(Pty)Ltd have set the dates for the launch of four new compliance auditing programs and set its sights on new markets. The decision comes after the company acquired the intellectual property rights of the SmartSafe program from Cygma SHEQ South Africa. The acquisition paves the way for the expansion of the […]

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Jobs and more jobs; even if it kills you

“Honourable Chairperson, the recent ILO Conference resolved that Occupational Health and Safety be elevated to a fundamental principle and right. Once again we face the limitations of inspection and enforcement in the field of health and safety.” These were the 37 words of the newly appointed Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thulas Nxesi, on […]

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Workplace Fatigue May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

“Workplace safety makes most of us understandably think about proper training, proper equipment and a safe work environment,” said Kleinik, Illinois Department of Labor Director, in observance of June as National Safety Month. “But a good night’s sleep can be just as important as these other safety fundamentals. A tired worker can pose a serious […]

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Cape Farmer learns an expensive water lesson

A Clanwilliam farmer has learnt the hard way that breaking the law is not good business. Tierhoek Boerdery has been slapped with a R3.5million fine after being found guilty of 11 contraventions of laws on water and environmental protection. The Water and Sanitation Department conducted its first monitoring and enforcement blitz inspections in the West […]