Health and Safety

A health and safety system or programme generally includes the following elements:

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Element

Important aspects

 

SHE policy statement

 

  • Written policy document
  • Displayed and signed by the CEO
  • Review date

 

Individual responsibilities

(Appointment letters - set scope of work)

  • Responsibilities of employees
  • Responsibilities of supervisors and first-line supervisors (Section 8(2)(i) appointees)
  • Responsibilities of senior management (Section 16(1) and 16(2) appointees)
  • GMR 2(1) – Supervision of machinery
  • Assistant to GMR 2(1)
  • GMR 4(3) – Shiftsman appointment
  • Responsibilities of safety coordinators
  • Emergency Controller
  • Fire Fighting Co-ordinator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Team Member
  • Fire Fighting Equipment Inspector
  • First Aid Co-ordinator
  • First Aider
  • Incident Investigator
  • Stacking Supervisor
  • Ladder Inspector
  • HCS Co-ordinator
  • Ergonomical Survey Officer
  • Health and Hygiene Co-ordinator
  • Pollution Surveys
  • Work Permit Survey Officer
  • Air Power Tools Inspector
  • Explosive Power Tool Controller
  • Explosive Power Tool Operator
  • Etc.

 

Health and safety representatives and committees

  • Appointment of representatives (GAR 6 & Section 17 & 18 of OHSA)
  • Establishment of health and safety committees (Section 19 & 20 of OHSA)
  • Appointment of Health & Safety Committee Members
  • Appointment of Chairman Health & Safety Committee
  • Monthly meetings

 

Risk assessment

  • Baseline Risk Assessments
  • Issue based risk assessment
  • Continuous risk assessment

 

Safe work procedures

  • After the critical area activities have been identified, standards must be determined to establish safe work procedures.
  • Written procedures or standards needs to be set (SWP’s or SOP’s)

 

Employee orientation

Safety awareness should include:

 

  • emergency procedures
  • first aider and location of first aid stations
  • health and safety responsibilities, including those specified by legislation
  • reporting of injuries, unsafe conditions and acts
  • use of personal protective equipment
  • right to refuse hazardous work
  • hazards, including those outside own work area
  • reasons for each health and safety rule
  • each individual’s specific role and responsibilities
  • scope of authority (Job descriptions)

 

Training

Training programmes should be established and maintained to address:

 

  • Knowledge and understanding of the organisations safety programmes, rules and procedures as well as each individual’s specific role and responsibilities.
  • Systematic programme of induction and ongoing training for employees and those how may be transferred between divisions, jobs or tasks
  • Training in the handling of risks, hazards and dangers, precautions to be taken and procedures to be followed
  • Training in hazard identification, risk assessment and control
  • Training for all persons who may manage others like employees, contractors and other
  • Training of top management in their role and responsibilities
  • Training and awareness programmes for contractors, temporally workers and visitors according to the level of risk which they will be exposed to,
  • Training in the correct report procedures
  • Training in proper incident/ accident investigation
  • Training in the effective monitoring of the quality of the health and safety programme

 

Workplace inspections

 

Regular inspections by:

 

  • Health and Safety Representative
  • Supervisors
  • Where prescribed by regulations

 

Inspect the workplace to identify hazards related to:

 

  • Regular, planned workplace inspections
  • Equipment inspections
  • Special inspections

 

Inspection lists – useful tools

 

Certifications

 

By Approved Inspection Authority:

 

  • Ventilation surveys
  • Light surveys
  • Dust surveys
  • Noise surveys
  • Lifting equipment
  • Pressure vessels
  • etc

 

Medicals (pre-medicals, baseline, periodic and exit medicals)

 

 

Where prescribed by a regulation:

Noise; heat; dust; chemical exposure; asbestos; lead etc

 

Reporting, recording and investigating accidents

 

Reporting to PD:

  • Section 24 - Reportable incidents (WC.I 2)
  • Section 25 – Occupational deceases (WC.l1)

 

Recording and investigations:

  • GAR 8 & 9
  • Annexure 1

 

Emergency procedures

 

Fire precautions and procedures are adequate:

 

  • Building construction
  • Access and egress
  • Emergency exits
  • Emergency lighting
  • Fire fighting appliances (sufficient, appropriate and maintained)
  • Fire drills and alarm checks
  • Storage of flammable/combustible materials (gas cylinders, fuel oils, wood and paper waste)
  • Identification of fire / explosion risk areas and instructions for isolating power, fuel, gas etc.
  • Evacuation procedures and responsibility for roll calls
  • Employee training in procedures and general fire safety practices.

 

Other emergencies, similar procedures to those for accidents and fire are required for emergencies, to cover such events as:

 

  • Gas leaks
  • Explosions
  • Pressure vessel rupture
  • Building collapse
  • Chemical leaks and spillage
  • Bomb threats

 

First aid

  • Training of first aiders
  • Provision of first aid boxes
  • Inspection & control of first aid boxes

 

Safety culture

Situational aspects:

 

  • Observed through the organisation’s management systems, policies, working procedures, communication flow, etc. and should be measured by audits of safety management systems.

Behavioural aspects:

  • How people act in the workplace and can be measured through self-reported measures, outcome measures and peer observations

The psychological component:

 

  • Relates to people’s norms, values, attitudes and perceptions of safety in the workplace
  • The psychological components are commonly measured in the form of a safety climate survey

 

Contractor management

  • 37(2) Contractors agreements
  • COID registration (letter of good standing)
  • Medical certificates
  • Employee certifications and qualifications (competence)
  • Machinery and equipment checks and certifications
  • Risk assessments for activities

 

Other elements

  • Handling of Hazardous Chemical Substances(Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • Handling of Hazardous Biological Agents
  • Lock out procedures
  • Hot work permits
  • Material handling rules
  • Maintenance programs
  • Vehicle safety rules
  • Personal protective equipment requirements
  • Engineering standards
  • Purchasing standards
  • Preventive maintenance

 

Health and safety audits

 

  • Internal audits
  • External audits

 

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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