Up-to-date Safety News http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:50:23 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Health and Safety: Guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2474-health-and-safety-guidelines-to-the-construction-regulations-2014 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2474-health-and-safety-guidelines-to-the-construction-regulations-2014

Health and Safety: Guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014

 

Dear reader

 

Please take note of the newly published guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014.

 

The Minister of Labour has under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, made the regulations in the Schedule.

 

Link to Guidelines (R.489 of 2017)

 

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:13:39 +0000
Dr Adams found guilty of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2456-dr-adams-found-guilty-of-defrauding-department-of-labour-s-compensation-fund http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2456-dr-adams-found-guilty-of-defrauding-department-of-labour-s-compensation-fund

 

Dr Adams found guilty of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund

 

Dr David Michael Adams (41) was today found guilty by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court of defrauding the Department of Labour entity, the Compensation Fund (CF) of R396 660-00.

 

Dr Adams was found guilty of contravention of section six of prevention of organised crime act, and also guilty of theft.

 

The fraud doctor was facing 29 counts of contravening Section 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, and 29 counts of theft. Dr Adams pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court in September 2016.

 

The defence in the matter closed its case without leading evidence, alleging that the State based its case on suspicion.

 

Delivering sentencing Magistrate Ms Ncube said the State found witnesses reliable in their testimony.

 

Dr Adams is said to have received unlawful payments from the Compensation Fund, and was arrested in 2010. During his arrest Dr Adams was running his practice in the North West. Despite being offered an opportunity to repay back the money, before his arrest Dr Adams failed to accept the offer and opted to use the money for personal use.

 

Dr Adams is out on a warning and his sentencing proceedings will begin on May 11.

 

The Asset Forfeiture Unit has in terms of Section 18 applied for order to ascertain the extent of Dr Adams benefits of ill-gotten gains.

 

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the administration of Department of Labour. The CF provides cover to workers injured and/or who contract diseases at work.

 

For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane

Department of Labour Spokesperson 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:08:49 +0000
Proposed Driven Machinery Regulations Incorporation of the Code of Practice for Zip Line (Occupational Health and Safety Act; Act 85 of 1993) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2432-proposed-driven-machinery-regulations-incorporation-of-the-code-of-practice-for-zip-line-occupational-health-and-safety-act-act-85-of-1993 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2432-proposed-driven-machinery-regulations-incorporation-of-the-code-of-practice-for-zip-line-occupational-health-and-safety-act-act-85-of-1993

Proposed Driven Machinery Regulations Incorporation of the Code of Practice for Zip Line (Occupational Health and Safety Act; Act 85 of 1993)

 

Health and Safety Update 

 

The Chief Inspector of Labour intends, in terms of section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety to incorporate the code of practice for zip line into the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015.

 

Interested persons are invited to submit any substantiated comments or representations on the proposed code of practice to the Director General, Department of Labour, Private Bag x117, Pretoria, 0001 (for the attention of the Chief Inspector: Occupational Health and Safety), within 90 days of publication of this notice.

 

Click here to download the Code of Practice for Zip Line

 

Greetings

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:52:27 +0000
Health and Safety Reminder (R.641 of 2015) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2413-health-and-safety-reminder-r-641-of-2015 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2413-health-and-safety-reminder-r-641-of-2015

Health and Safety Reminder (R.641 of 2015)

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) – Notice Regarding Application for Construction Work Permit of Construction Work

 

This serves as a reminder that Government Notice 39025 of 24/07/2015; which set out the staggered parameters for the requirements for a Construction Work Permit and, by implication, the requirement for a Client to appoint a Pr CHS Agent.

 

Phase two of the parameters came into effect on 7 February 2017.

 

“A client who intends to have construction work carried out, must at least 30 days before that work is to be carried out apply to the provincial director in writing for a construction work permit to perform construction work if the intended construction work starts on or after the 7th of February 2017 and the works contract is of a value exceeding forty million rand or Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grading level 8”.

 

As such, a Construction Permit and an Agent are required on any project commencing after 7 February 2017 which exceeds forty million rand or Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grading level 8”.

 

Greetings

 

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:39:49 +0000
Health and Safety Update (R.94 of 2017) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2409-health-and-safety-update-r-94-of-2017 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2409-health-and-safety-update-r-94-of-2017

Health and Safety Update (R.94 of 2017)

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) – Code of Practice for Existing Goods Hoists Installations, Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010

 

The Chief Inspector in terms of Section 27(1) of the said Act, and by virtue of the powers delegated to him by the Minister of Labour in terms of section 42(1) of the Act, after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, has, under section 44 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act No. 85 of 1993), as amended, incorporated the "Code of practice for existing goods hoists installations" (Installed prior 30 September 2015) that were previously regulated under the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2008 into Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010.

 

Greetings

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:31:33 +0000
Department of Labour on the verge of canvassing public comment on OHS Bill http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2390-department-of-labour-on-the-verge-of-canvassing-public-comment-on-ohs-bill http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2390-department-of-labour-on-the-verge-of-canvassing-public-comment-on-ohs-bill

Department of Labour on the verge of canvassing public comment on OHS Bill

 

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation which is being amended is due to be released for public comment in the not too distant future, said Department of Labour Chief Inspector, Tibor Szana.

 

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993) provides for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery; the protection of persons other than persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work; to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

Szana said OHS is about sustainability, "we cannot exist in a chaotic environment. The future is uncertain. We do not know what tomorrow holds. Sustainability means a future for all".

 

He was addressing the Department of Labour’s  three-day OHS Conference which started today at The Lakes Hotel & Conference Centre in Benoni, Gauteng.

 

The conference is held under the theme: “Sustaining OHS within SMME environment through innovative solutions”. The Department of Labour is hosting the OHS Conference to create awareness and address Occupational Health and Safety issues pertaining to the Small Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) environment in South Africa.

 

Szana said for the past 20 years the self-regulatory environment has failed to yield results. He said while the Bill would not adequately address problems faced by SMMEs, the amendment was a step in the right direction. He cautioned that the country could not have legislation in place, and at the same time allow people do things the way they have been doing.

 

Labour Deputy Minister, iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa said the current unemployment figures in the country paints a bleak picture. Holomisa said the SMME sector and informal sector were areas of priority to support - as they have capacity to absorb the unemployed.

 

Holomisa said government has identified a number of sectors such as the chemical sector as high risk to enforce occupational health and safety. He said although SMMEs were faced with challenges such as fixed location and employment of competent OHS personnel, government was keen to support the sector through advocacy sessions.

 

Department of Labour’s Deputy Director-General: Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa told delegates that adhering to OHS improves productivity. She said the costs of overlooking occupational health and safety prescripts were dire economically and in human casualties. Moiloa said South Africa needed to chart a new way forward and challenge the status quo.

 

16 November 2016

 

For more information contact:

Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesperson

Mokgadi.pela@labour.gov.za

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:54:13 +0000
Two trapped in Sandton construction wreckage http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2387-two-trapped-in-sandton-construction-wreckage http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2387-two-trapped-in-sandton-construction-wreckage

Two trapped in Sandton construction wreckage

 

Two people are trapped in the wreckage of a collapsed construction site in Sandton, paramedics said on Tuesday.

 

Emer-G-Med said there was a structural collapse at a construction site on the corner of West and Rivonia Roads, in Sandton.

 

"At this stage it is believed that two people are trapped and are in a critical condition. Advanced Life Support paramedics are working to stabilise the patients, while Fire and Rescue officials are working to free them from beneath the rubble."

 

"The events leading up to the collapse are unknown and will be investigated by local authorities."

 

Article published with the kind courtesy of www.news24.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:22:11 +0000
Department of Labour to publish draft major hazard installation regulations next January http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2376-department-of-labour-to-publish-draft-major-hazard-installation-regulations-next-january http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2376-department-of-labour-to-publish-draft-major-hazard-installation-regulations-next-january

Department of Labour to publish draft major hazard installation regulations next January

 

The Department of Labour is to publish a draft document on major hazard installation (MHI) regulations for review in January 2017. The new draft regulations are intended to tighten compliance within MHI workplaces and also protect the public against major incidents.

 

A technical committee appointed by the Department of Labour which also includes industry players is set to finalise the inputs made at last week’s MHI workshop and will subsequently allow for 60 days for submission of inputs. The Department expects the new regulations to be in force by late 2017 or early in 2018.

 

Department of Labour Chief Inspector Tibor Szana cautioned the industry to play its part in ensuring health and safety near MHI’s. He said failure to do so will result in deaths. Szana said self-regulations has not worked. He said even with the current regulations up for review, “people are still in the dark about their application”.

 

Szana said the MHI environment has entered a new era in upholding safety. He said the industry has reached a new milestone.

 

“Where there are experts, there will be no lack of learners,” he said each regulation comes with it a set of risk and this will manifest in implementation. He said disasters are real, and always stare the country. Szana said people know when things go wrong and when they do happen it is too late. He said the review of regulations was not done for the sake of doing it. He said a lot of money and time has been invested.

 

Major Hazard Installations refers to -  installations where any substance is produced, processed, used, handled or stored in such a form and quantity that it has the potential to cause a major incident or an occurrence of catastrophic proportions, resulting from the use of plant and machinery, or from activities at a workplace.

 

Some of the major hazard installations are found mostly in petrochemical works/facilities and refineries, chemical works and production plants, compressed air manufacturers/users such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), nitrogen gas, medical oxygen, hydrogen gas, and chemical stores and distribution centres

 

While South Africa has been spared of any major incidents resulting in high casualties – there have been incidents such as one that occurred in Welkom, where there was a gas release resulting in an injury; and at a poultry in Rustenburg with the emission of gases.

 

Major installation incidents include the 1921 in Germany the release of ammonia nitrate, 1976 in Italy with the release of dioxin and in 1984 in Bhopal, India wherein a gas release killed thousands of people.

 

The revised regulations will entail aspects such as the provision on the notification of the department on the installation prohibitions; on-site emergency plan; notification on modification of hazardous installations; risks assessments; and responsibilities of local government among others.

 

For more information please contact:

Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesperson

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:09:50 +0000
Department of Labour takes services to the people http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2370-department-of-labour-takes-services-to-the-people http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2370-department-of-labour-takes-services-to-the-people

Department of Labour takes services to the people

 

by Lloyd Ramutloa — last modified 2016-10-13 18:38

 

13 October 2016

 

Under the patronage of the National Department of Labour, the Compensation Fund will be spearheading a community outreach campaign in five different towns in the Free State province.

 

The main objective of this series of outreach programmes is to take services closer to the people and provide a one stop shop for all Department of Labour services.  The campaign is hosted in conjunction with other branches of the Department such as the Inspection and Enforcement Services, Public Employment Services, as well as the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

 

No less than 30 officials of the department from different units inclusive of decision makers within the Department will physically be attending to clients during the visits to different towns.

 

Decision makers within the Department are roped in to ensure that clients with Injury on Duty, occupational diseases or fatality claims as well as Unemployment Insurance claims are assisted and decisions to approve or decline such claims, provided all the required documentation is available, are made right on the spot.  Work seekers are also encouraged to bring along their CVs to be registered on the database of the Department of Labour for possible placement as and when job opportunities become available.

 

The campaign is used as one of many pro-active mechanisms the Department of Labour has adopted to try and speed up service delivery and ensure the livelihoods of our clients are maintained at all material times.

 

The schedule is as follows;

 

Date

Town

Venue

Time

17/10/2016

Heilbron

Thusong Multi Purpose Centre

09H00 – 16H30

18/10/2016

Parys

Mosipidi Hall

09H00 – 16H30

19/10/2016

Wesselsbron

Monyakeng Community Library

09H00 – 16H30

20/10/2016

Marquard

Moemaneng Community Hall

09H00 – 16H30

21/10/2016

Botshabelo

H1 Community Hall

09H00 – 17H00

 

Media is invited to attend, and for further details please contact:

 

Josial Ramokoena

 

Provincial Spokesperson: Free State

 

josial.ramokoena@labour.gov.za

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:00:54 +0000
Notice of Direction: Section 27(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, read with Regulation 3(4)(a) of the General Safety Regulations http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2364-notice-of-direction-section-27-2-of-the-occupational-health-and-safety-act-read-with-regulation-3-4-a-of-the-general-safety-regulations http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2364-notice-of-direction-section-27-2-of-the-occupational-health-and-safety-act-read-with-regulation-3-4-a-of-the-general-safety-regulations

 

Notice of Direction: Section 27(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, read with Regulation 3(4)(a) of the General Safety Regulations

 

Dear Reader

 

Please take note of the latest “Notice of Direction: Section 27(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, read with Regulation 3(4)(a) of the General Safety Regulations as published through Government Notice No. R.1198/ Government Gazette No. 40313 dated 30 September 2016”. 

 

This notice will have an effect on all first aid training providers.

 

Greetings

 

Tinus Boshoff

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R.1198 of 2016

 

(G.G. 40313 of 30/09/2016)

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR

 

NOTICE OF DIRECTION IN TERMS OF SECTION 27(2) OF THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, READ WITH REGULATION 3(4)(A) OF THE GENERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS

 

I, Tibor Szana, duly designated by the Minister of Labour in terms of section 27(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 as Chief Inspector for the purposes of the aforementioned Act, and acting in terms of the powers and functions conferred upon me by Section 27(2), and those assigned to me by other provisions of the Act, hereby give notice that as from the date of this notice, all applications for approval from a person or organisation who wants to provide first aid training approved by the Chief Inspector, as referred to in Regulation 3(4)(d) of the General Safety Regulation published under Government Notice R.1031 of 30 May 1986 will only be considered if it is accompanied by a valid accreditation certificate issued by the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) established in terms of section 9(1) of the Skills Development Act, 1998, and has been authorised by the Chief Inspector to carry out such accreditation.

 

Those already registered with the Department of Labour, will after the promulgation of this notice, be granted 12 months to be accredited with HWSETA. All service providers who fail to register within the given period will be automatically be de-registered from the Department of Labour database and will no longer be recognized as legitimate service providers.

 

Signed

Tibor Szana

Chief Inspector: OHH

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:49:51 +0000