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North West businesses slapped with non-compliance notices
North West businesses slapped with non-compliance noticesArticle

The IES unit of the labour department has issued 14 businesses with 33 non-compliance notices during a blitz inspection conducted at Tower Mall, Jouberton...

21 Apr 2021

Why virtual safety officers are the next evolutionary step in health and safety
Why virtual safety officers are the next evolutionary step in health and safetyArticle

When it comes to health and safety laws, there is a belief that this is only applicable to high-risk industries. However, OHSA actually applies to every single business...

Louise Woodburn 15 Apr 2021

Building owners have 14 months to identify asbestos, plan its removal
Building owners have 14 months to identify asbestos, plan its removalArticle

According to Indawo managing director Geoffrey Jäck, it has been a long time coming, but asbestos is now outlawed and building owners have only 14 months...

23 Mar 2021

Can employees refuse to come to work for fear of the pandemic?
Can employees refuse to come to work for fear of the pandemic?Article

While employers are mandated to try ensure their employees health and safety in the workplace during the pandemic, what happens if a worker refuses to return...?

George Herbst 25 Feb 2021

Steps to ensure Covid-19 compliance in the workplace
Steps to ensure Covid-19 compliance in the workplaceArticle

In a bid to minimise the rate of infection, the Covid-19 regulations places a greater responsibility on workplace compliance with fines being touted for transgressors...

19 Feb 2021

The onus of OHS for temporary employees is on... who?
The onus of OHS for temporary employees is on... who?Article

According to all Acts that pertain to employment, Temporary Employment Service providers are regarded as the employer of any TES worker placed within a given organisation. However, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the TES provider is not regarded as the employer...

Natashia Barnabas 8 Feb 2021

Whose responsibility is it to install and maintain evacuation safety equipment in multistorey buildings?
Whose responsibility is it to install and maintain evacuation safety equipment in multistorey buildings?Article

The question is often asked: Whose responsibility is it to ensure that evacuation safety equipment such as evacuation chairs are installed and maintained for use in emergency situations in buildings and work spaces...

Issued by TR Brand Communications & Events 5 Feb 2021

Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severed
Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severedArticle

The Department of Employment and Labour has taken action against Queenstown food company Truda Foods where a worker's hand was severed by a machine last week...

Joseph Chirume 20 Jan 2021

Six things you need to know about doing business during Alert Level 1
Six things you need to know about doing business during Alert Level 1Article

The national state of disaster has been extended to 15 November 2020, and a further extension is imminent. Employers must become comfortable with the regulatory framework under alert level 1. Here are six things to keep in mind to ensure your business is compliant...

Jason Whyte and Laura Macfarlane 4 Nov 2020

How to deal with cannabis-related misconduct in the workplace
How to deal with cannabis-related misconduct in the workplaceArticle

When the possession of cannabis for personal use was legalised, many HR and workplace policy considerations arose. These were in terms of whether or not being under the influence of dagga at the workplace could be treated in the same way that alcohol was...

Jonathan Goldberg 19 Oct 2020

Covid-19 guidelines for the Construction Sector published
Covid-19 guidelines for the Construction Sector publishedArticle

At various stages during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, various studies were released on the negative impact that Covid-19 will have on the construction sector. Some studies predicted that the sector could experience a total of 140,000 job losses. With alert level 1 now in effect, the construction sector can breathe a sigh of relief with prospects for increased activity...

Kate Collier and Shane Johnson 9 Oct 2020

Stay on the right side of Covid-19 regulations
Stay on the right side of Covid-19 regulationsArticle

Greg Brown, divisional director: legal information and compliance at LexisNexis South Africa, sums up the Covid-19 workplace obligations below..

Issued by LexisNexis 21 Aug 2020

Primedia Outdoor geared to safeguard employees during Covid-19
Primedia Outdoor geared to safeguard employees during Covid-19Article

As confirmed cases of the coronavirus accelerates across many communities in South Africa, Primedia Outdoor places the highest priority on the health, safety and well-being of its staff and their families, while protecting the continuity of its operations and essential functions...

Issued by Primedia Outdoor 20 Aug 2020

SafetyWallet for employers - Easy commitment and implementation of health and safety programmes
SafetyWallet for employers - Easy commitment and implementation of health and safety programmesArticle

Through the years, as industries have grown, developed, and expanded, the health and safety of employees has become more imperative than ever...

Issued by SA Shares 23 Jul 2020

Duty of care during lockdown: 4 things every company should know
Duty of care during lockdown: 4 things every company should knowArticle

Are companies relieved of their duty to care for the well-being of their employees during this lockdown period? Angelique Montalto, regional sales director at SAP Concur, clarifies the situation...

13 Jul 2020

New Era’s parent company, Golden Era, issued suspension notices to 86 workers when they refused to work after at least 12 staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Supplied by CWAO
86 workers claim "unfair" suspension for absence after colleagues test positive for Covid-19Article

New Era says refusal to work constituted an unprotected strike by workers...

Zoë Postman 25 Jun 2020

Things to consider for the protection of returning office workers
Things to consider for the protection of returning office workersArticle

As more businesses reopen following South Africa entering Advanced Level 3 lockdown, management is tasked with ensuring the readiness of their office environment to ensure a safe return of staff. This is especially the case for those employees considered to be high risk...

24 Jun 2020

Latest changes to the Covid-19 OHS directive and what they mean for employers
Latest changes to the Covid-19 OHS directive and what they mean for employersArticle

On 4 June 2020, Government repealed the Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces (OHS Directive) and replaced it with the Consolidated Covid-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Consolidated Directive) which, while largely similar to the former OHS Directive, is materially different in certain respects...

Jaime Myhill 18 Jun 2020

Balancing employee religious rights and the need for protective equipment
Balancing employee religious rights and the need for protective equipmentArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the rights of an employer to insist on the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, there may be instances where employees are unable or unwilling to wear the prescribed PPE, as doing so would go against their religious beliefs...

Laura Macfarlane and Frances Barker 11 Jun 2020

Is your business really prepared for employees to return?
Is your business really prepared for employees to return?Article

Failure to properly prepare your workplace and workforce for a return to work after lockdown could have disastrous consequences as organisational outbreaks threaten business continuity in an already fragile economy...

5 Jun 2020

Is your office space Covid-19 ready?
Is your office space Covid-19 ready?Article

It's time for us to accept that this pandemic and social isolation are here for a while. But in addition to that, our reality has changed, possibly for good...

Bongani Nhlapo 3 Jun 2020

Covid-19: Can employees withdraw from the workplace?
Covid-19: Can employees withdraw from the workplace?Article

Employees returning to work from the Covid-19 lockdown will need to show reasonable justification if they halt work on the basis that they may be exposed to the virus...

Kenneth Coster 29 May 2020

How schools can ensure they're Covid-19 ready
How schools can ensure they're Covid-19 readyArticle

Ensuring the safety and well-being of its pupils, staff and visitors by warranting that all school buildings and facilities comply with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and applicable regulation, is one of the most important elements of any school's risk management strategy...

27 May 2020

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Who decides whether surgery is necessary in a pandemic?Article

It is only within the individual doctor-patient interaction that such an assessment can be made...

Philip Matley 19 May 2020

How to set up your ergonomically correct work-from-home station
How to set up your ergonomically correct work-from-home stationArticle

There has been extensive international focus and research in recent years on the potential of our work environment negatively affecting our health and well-being. This has been of such significance that the SA Government recently implemented new regulations relating to workplace ergonomics...

Denvor Farao 28 Apr 2020

Many employers shifting economic burden of Covid-19 crisis onto workers - report
Many employers shifting economic burden of Covid-19 crisis onto workers - reportArticle

Of the companies that have ceased operations, only a few have applied to the C19 TERS fund...

9 Apr 2020

Nxesi urges employers to comply with labour law during lockdown
Nxesi urges employers to comply with labour law during lockdownArticle

Addressing reporters during a social cluster press briefing on Tuesday, 31 March, the minister revealed that some employers were still not adhering to the relevant laws...

1 Apr 2020

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State of disaster - how applying mining principles to other industries could help mitigate riskArticle

With South Africa being in a state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, industries across the country are embarking on an integrated and coordinated approach to prevent and reduce the further outbreak of Covid-19...

Lili Nupen, Nicole Limberis-Ritchie & Chantal Murdock 23 Mar 2020

Ergonomics Regulations launched
Ergonomics Regulations launchedArticle

Employers have a duty and responsibility to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to exposure to ergonomic hazards in their workplaces...

11 Mar 2020

Implications of coronavirus for SA employers
Implications of coronavirus for SA employersArticle

Following confirmation of SA's first case of the coronavirus (Covid-19), there is a strong likelihood that there will be other cases of Covid-19 across the country. Naturally, employers will need to bear in mind various employment and health and safety considerations to manage the risk of Covid-19 in the workplace...

Johan Olivier, Kate Collier, Lizle Louw, and Shane Johnson 9 Mar 2020

Proposed amendments to the Employers Assessment Model under COID
Proposed amendments to the Employers Assessment Model under COIDArticle

The Minister of Labour has issued proposed amendments to the Employers Assessment Model under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) Act and has invited public commentary...

12 Nov 2019

Dos and don'ts of occupational health and safety
Dos and don'ts of occupational health and safetyArticle

Businesses are exposed to many risks, from the traditional fire and natural disasters, to legal liabilty for loss of or physical damage to tangible property. Further to this, businesses also run the risk of potential accidental injuries or death of employees...

22 Oct 2019

Brits farmers, retailers slapped with labour penalties
Brits farmers, retailers slapped with labour penaltiesArticle

Farmers, retailers and operators in the hospitality sector in Brits, North West, have been slapped with labour penalties following a two-day blitz inspection by the Employment and Labour Department...

12 Aug 2019

Labour to employ 500 OHS inspectors
Labour to employ 500 OHS inspectorsArticle

The Department of Employment and Labour says it is on the verge of employing 500 occupational health and safety (OHS) inspectors in a move that will bring major change to the workplace...

25 Jul 2019

How unaddressed hazards, ineffective PPE put employees in danger
How unaddressed hazards, ineffective PPE put employees in dangerArticle

Following injuries caused by unaddressed hazards on site and/or ineffectual personal protective equipment (PPE), 44 construction industry employees in the Western Cape were left with permanent disabilities last year...

14 Jun 2019

Labour pushes for improved occupational safety regulations
Labour pushes for improved occupational safety regulationsArticle

The Department of Labour says it will direct more energy in the efforts to improve enforcement of the occupational safety and health regulations...

13 Sep 2018

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): The big picture
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): The big pictureArticle

Taking a proactive approach to occupational health and safety will help small contractors to build their businesses and the industry to transform and realise its potential. Even better, there is a way to achieve this...

Boitumelo Thipe and Makhosazana Kunene 6 Jun 2018

Suspect arrested for masquerading as labour inspector
Suspect arrested for masquerading as labour inspectorArticle

An alleged criminal has been spotted and apprehended by the South African Police Services in the Warden (eastern Free State) farming area...

19 Apr 2018

MBAWC hosts seminar seeking to reduce number of accidents on building sites
MBAWC hosts seminar seeking to reduce number of accidents on building sitesArticle

According to figures from the Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), there have already been 412 accidents on Western Cape construction sites...

17 Apr 2018

Why companies don't always test for alcohol... and why they should
Why companies don't always test for alcohol... and why they shouldArticle

Although alcohol and substance testing forms part of the health and safety policies and procedures in many industries, there are still a great number of organisations that do not employ the same cautionary practice, potentially resulting in significant loss to the business...

Rhys Evans 13 Nov 2017

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