Cheslyn is a Senior Health and Safety professional with an extensive safety, construction and fire background gained in the steel manufacturing, nuclear generation, food manufacturing and a research institution. After years of leading and setting strategic direction for all safety related matters for South African manufacturing plants and a global construction and facilities management company is now the senior consultant for all Health and Safety matters at a fully autonomous world leading Nuclear Power Plant in the Middle East.
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Why changing the Q in “SHEQ” Matters

It may seem mundane, but changing the meaning of a single letter in an acronym, creates a complete new thought process; a paradigm shift. And when it comes to SHEQ, a paradigm shift is desperately needed to ensure the protection of a nation’s workforce. Since the adoption of SHEQ, predominantly in Southern Africa, employers have […]

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Your small business security strategy

My first assignment as a Security Advisor was 15 years ago when I challenged the manager of a food retailer. He did not agree with my fees and I told him that he only need to pay me double the value of the items I will steal from his store. With a letter of agreement […]

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What you should know about Safety and Well-being in the Retail industry

The retail industry in South Africa are generally associated with large shopping malls, abundance of stores and long hours for bargain hunting, but getting into the retail industry as a business owner or franchisee is not a shopping spree. When starting a business or purchasing a franchise, most of us focus on profitability, getting finance, […]

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What to do when your Safety File is rejected

Anyone who has been involved in the submission for approval of Safety Files or “bus tickets” as I call it, knows how frustrating it can be. In most cases your file is simply rejected without explanation or indication as to why. But this blatant rejection of files in itself is an illegal and unethical practice […]

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Construction Health & Safety Specifications & Contracts

In the past 5 years, countless professionals have attended courses I facilitated on Construction Contracts focusing on all four groups; FIDIC, NEC, GCC and JBCC. Out of the 1500, not a single OHS professional attended. The attendees were mostly Project Managers, Construction Managers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Architects and Contractors. And more than often the topic […]

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OHS Management System Failure Analysis

Many organisations develop an OHS system and measure its effectiveness using a number of indices, including the ill-fated incident rate and annual internal audits. Most OHS management system review processes looks for failure in adherence to the system; the typical unsafe acts and unsafe conditions review, but very few, if any, takes a critical look […]

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What must be covered in health and safety induction?

When you perform Health & Safety Induction, the question often arises, “what must be covered?” Rudy Maritz takes a look at what the Occupational Health & Safety Act says about “induction” and what must be covered. The term “induction” is not defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Act, 1993 of South Africa. In fact, […]