Health and Safety

Tinus Boshoff

Employers have a legal obligation to provide safe and healthy working conditions to all employees, and their work activities may not expose others – such as customers or suppliers, or the surrounding community,  - to hazards and risks. If an employer does not comply with legislation, a penalty or prosecution or even criminal liability will be the result.

 

Implementing such measures will save you money, improve productivity, and increase employee morale in your business. Organisations often incur financial losses associated with occupational injuries and illnesses, expenditures that come straight out of company profits. These losses include costs such as legal fees, fines, compensatory damages, investigation time, lost production, lost goodwill from the workforce, from customers and from the wider community.

 

Ignoring the risks involved in the daily running of your business also impacts on the following:

  • The health and safety of employees and others (Contractors, customers, visitors and the community)
  • Your reputation, credibility and status
  • Public and customer confidence in your organisation
  • Your financial position
  • Damage to plant, equipment and the environment
 

Poor occupational safety and health performance results in cost to the State (e.g. through social security payments to the incapacitated, costs for medical treatment, and the loss of the "employability" of the worker).  If potential hazards or risks are not properly managed,  it will result in loss to organisational resources. In some cases the consequence could be detrimental to man as well as the environment. 

 

Injuries and illnesses also decrease productivity, morale, and profits. These costs can be the difference between operating in the black or ending up in the red.  Pro-actively managing – and thus preventing or at least minimising -  occupational and  environmental accidents and ill health before they occur makes good management sense.

 

When things go wrong, your hard-earned profits go out the window. If risks are pro-actively and properly managed, incidents will be reduced, production will rise and insurance premiums can be limited to the minimum.  A safe workplace provides the consistency and reliability needed to build and grow a business.

 

Workplaces with active safety and health leadership have fewer injuries, are often considered by employees to be "better places to work," and have more satisfied, more productive employees. These employees return to work more quickly after an injury or illness and produce higher-quality products and services.

 

Safe environments improve employee morale, which leads to increased productivity and better service.  Businesses operate more efficiently when they implement effective safety and health management systems. Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can, without doubt,  reduce their injury and illness costs. 

 

A health and safety system helps to effectively manage workplace hazards, risks and dangers within the organisation, avoiding unwanted and unnecessary loss. In short, investing in health and safety should be seen as a great investment for the organisation in the long run.  

 

At Labour Guide we take the guesswork out of workplace safety and health by providing information and expertise to help businesses tailor solutions to meet their needs.

 

Safety greetings 

Tinus Boshoff 083 659 2840

Case Law Summaries and Articles

 

Can employees be dismissed for refusing to accept new terms and conditions of employment?

Can an employer dismiss employees because they refuse to agree to a change to their terms and conditions of employment? An initial answer may be, “yes”.

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Escape route: “Resignation with immediate effect”

The latest case in the ‘disciplining employees who have resigned with immediate effect’ saga has brought about more uncertainty as to whether an employee who resigns with immediate effect shortly before a disciplinary hearing can avoid disciplinary action and subsequent dismissal.

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Freedom of expression or incitement to commit an offence? A constitutional challenge

On 4 July 2019, the North Gauteng High Court handed down judgment in the case of The EFF and other v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and other (87638/2017 and 45666/2017) in which the EFF and Julius Malema (the applicants) sought to have s18(2)(b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act, No 17 of 1956 (Riotous Act) declared unconstitutional.

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Consolidated, comprehensive or general final written warnings

Regarding dismissal, according to the Code of Good Practice, “the courts have endorsed the concept of corrective or progressive discipline. This approach regards the purpose of discipline as a means for employees to know and understand what standards are required of them.

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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Course

22 August 2019 (Fully Booked)

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Cape Town

12 September 2019

Southern Sun: Maharani Towers: Durban

Employment Equity Committee Training

23 August 2019 (Fully Booked)

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

29 August 2019 (Fully Booked)

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Cape Town

30 August 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Cape Town

27 September 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

04 October 2019

Southern Sun: Maharani: Durban

Shop Steward Training

28 August 2019

Emperors Palace Convention Centre

Basic Labour Relations

04 September 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

The OHS Act and the Responsibilities of Management

13 September 2019

Southern Sun: Maharani Towers: Durban

19 September 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

28 November 2019

Protea Hotel By Marriott Tyger Valley: Cape Town

Managing Day to Day Issues/ Problem Employees Full day workshop

20 September 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

27 September 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Cape Town

Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Course

18 October 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

21 November 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Stay Easy: Cape Town

Workshop Incident/Accident Investigation Course

25 October 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

22 November 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City: Stay Easy: Cape Town

  

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