The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, govern the minimum requirements, which the employer must adhere to for the health and safety of employees at work. The greatest shortfall in industry is the fact that most organizations tend to comply with the stipulations as depicted in the regulations of the Act, but do not realize that there is in fact a specific duty placed on the employer to ensure effective compliance to regulations via sections of the Act.
The first logical step towards promoting Occupational Health and Safety in the South
African Industry is to establish compliance to the OHS Act, relevant Acts and incorporated standards, which supports the OHS Act.
The process towards legal compliance rests solemnly on the employer to identify hazards risks and perils of the operations of the business. This is to determine the scope of accountability in the organization and to determine the resources needed to eliminate and/or mitigate hazards and risks in order to establish basic compliance.
Some of the steps in this process include:
1. Legislative Risk Assessments
2. Baseline & Issue Based Risk Assessments
3. Health Risk Assessments and Environmental Impact Studies (if applicable)
4. Establishing control needs
5. Identifying control measures
6. Establishing responsibilities
7. Legal Appointments
8. Skills development of persons
Including, but not limited to:
- Basic Occupational Health and Safety Training
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- Hand Tools Safety
- Basic Rigging and Slinging
- SHE representative training
- Induction and General Training for Employees
- Incident and Accident Investigation
- and numerous other specific modules.
9. Safety Management Systems
Taking the above information into consideration, this is exactly where NK Skills Training and Development comes into the equation. NK Skills Training and Development offers a comprehensive Safety, Health and Environmental consultancy service to the industry to assist them to comply with all aspects of the Occupation Health and Safety Act, act 85 of 1993.
NK Skills Training and Development performs risk assessment on construction sites, factories, office buildings etc. to ensure that safe work procedures are established and communicated to employees. NK Skills Training and Development, when contracted, shall appoint a risk assessor, according to the applicable Regulations, who shall be responsible to ensure risk assessments are to be done, which shall form part of the health and safety plan of the client, and shall include at least:
• The identification of the risk and hazards to which persons may be exposed to
• The analysis and evaluation of the risk and hazards identified
• A documented plan of safe work procedures to eliminate, mitigate, reduce or control the risk and hazards that have been identified
• A monitoring plan
• A review plan.
All risk assessment will be performed in accordance with relevant internal procedures as per required needs of client.
After completion of the risk assessment, NK Skills Training and Development shall develop a Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) plan to satisfy the specific needs of the client.
This Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) plan shall include but not be limited to the following (if applicable):
• Applicable documents and forms
• Applicable standards
• Construction – commissioning activities
• Drug and Alcohol Abuse Testing
• Evacuation plans
• Environmental plan and rehabilitation
• Hazard management
• Health, welfare and occupational hygiene
• Health, Safety and Environmental policy
• Introduction, scope and key objectives
• Project reporting responsibilities and organization chart
• Recruitment and induction
• Workplace inspections monitoring and audits
In order to ensure continual improvement, we will evaluate and review the effectiveness of our management systems for SHE procedures, through structured auditing processes and management reviews.