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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

Can staff be dismissed for disregarding Covid-19 protocol after hours?
Can staff be dismissed for disregarding Covid-19 protocol after hours?Article

Employers are within their rights to discipline employees who flout Covid-19 regulations outside of work, which could even result in dismissals...

24 Mar 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

2021 sees return of MBSA Regional Health and Safety Competition
2021 sees return of MBSA Regional Health and Safety CompetitionArticle

A seminal event on the Master Builders' South Africa (MBSA) calendar, 2021 sees the return of its annual Regional Health and Safety Competition...

8 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

Tackling compliance: A key focus area for small businesses
Tackling compliance: A key focus area for small businessesArticle

Which regulatory bodies are small businesses required to be compliant with...

Dhiraj Mathapersadh, Issued by SAICA 12 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

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize
Covid-19 online vaccination registration opens to healthcare workersArticle

Healthcare workers can now register for their Covid-19 vaccine on the Department of Health's online portal

3 Feb 2021

Image source: Getty/Gallo
What we want to hear from Minister MantasheArticle

Where many other government departments halted operations because of lockdown, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) under minister, Gwede Mantashe, continued to work...

Webber Wentzel team 29 Jan 2021

Labour dept tackles long queues to mitigate Covid-19
Labour dept tackles long queues to mitigate Covid-19Article

The Department of Employment and Labour is relaxing some of its processes in order to avoid long queues at its centres in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic...

26 Jan 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

Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 1)
Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 1)Article

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, global efforts have successfully developed both expedited means of testing for the virus and, more recently, vaccines...

Jason Whyte 15 Jan 2021

Bru-nO via
Curbing drunk driving in the logistics industry requires regulatory support and enforcementArticle

Alcohol-related vehicle accidents cause thousands of injuries and fatalities every year, and in the transport and logistics sector can also lead to stock loss, damaged reputation and massive collateral damage...

Rhys Evans 14 Jan 2021

Why are we resorting to old methods of testing sobriety when there is safe technology at our disposal?
Why are we resorting to old methods of testing sobriety when there is safe technology at our disposal?Article

Current, progressive thinking about the indispensable need to use alcohol breathalysers for law enforcement has come up with better solutions than "standing on one leg" or "walking on a straight line" as suggested by some leaders of law enforcement in South Africa...

Angus MacArthur 15 Dec 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Human rights should be central to the extractive industry's Covid-19 recovery plansArticle

The year 2020 has seen many sectors being confronted with unprecedented challenges that forced businesses to reflect on their corporate strategies in response to Covid-19 pandemic...

10 Dec 2020

Construction sector eager to make 2021 a prosperous year
Construction sector eager to make 2021 a prosperous yearArticle

The negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent hard national lockdown cannot be overstated when it comes to the construction industry...

Allen Bodill 1 Dec 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize: E Cape Covid-19 outbreaks need aggressive approachArticle

The cluster outbreaks of Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape must be managed more aggressively, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said during his visit to the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth...

18 Nov 2020

Luyanda Hlatashwayo, reclaimer with the African Reclaimers Organisation, and Luc-Olivier Marquet, EVP Unilever South Africa.
Unilever SA forms local partnerships to support inclusive circular economyArticle

Unilever is focused on direct investment and partnerships in waste collection, building capacity by buying recycled plastics and supporting well-designed extended producer responsibility schemes...

6 Nov 2020

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

Free Covid-19 training for workplace safety
Free Covid-19 training for workplace safetyArticle

As companies return to work, the threat of Covid-19 has not lessened and OH&S precautions are still essential to avoid resurgence of infections...

26 Oct 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

9 students successfully graduate from MBAWC OHS Learnership Programme
9 students successfully graduate from MBAWC OHS Learnership ProgrammeArticle

Having started in March 2019, nine out of 11 students in the Master Builders' Association for the Western Cape (MBAWC) OHS Learnership Programme graduated in September this year...

15 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

Motor vehicle accidents cost construction sector R352m
Motor vehicle accidents cost construction sector R352mArticle

According to a 2018 report from the World Health Organization on road safety, South Africa has one of the worst overall motor vehicle accident (MVA) rates in the world...

17 Sep 2020

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Health focuses on immunity, seroprevalence as Covid-19 cases declineArticle

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says the department is currently conducting a national seroprevalence study to determine the levels of national immunity....

15 Sep 2020

Oudtshoorn court closed for not following Covid-19 rules
Oudtshoorn court closed for not following Covid-19 rulesArticle

The Department of Employment and Labour in the Western Cape has closed the Oudtshoorn Magistrate Court for not complying with Covid-19 regulations...

11 Sep 2020

Government should pay people to dig holes and then fill them
Government should pay people to dig holes and then fill themArticle

It was not until high levels of unemployment ensued in the 1930s that policymakers in the UK and US started to pay attention to Keynes' powerful argument for active demand management...

Dr Sitsabo Dlamini 4 Sep 2020

Is it time to re-evaluate your study goals?
Is it time to re-evaluate your study goals?Article

The world after Covid-19 will be completely different to the world we knew before. As we all go into 'reset' mode, now may be the time to sit down and think about evaluating your study goals, an education expert says...

26 Aug 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

#WomensMonth: Reflections from leading women in health in Africa
#WomensMonth: Reflections from leading women in health in AfricaArticle

Women leaders in the healthcare sector discussed possible solutions to drive gender equity, the need to achieve growth and foster innovation for better health outcomes across the continent as part of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) 2020 Dialogues series.

19 Aug 2020

Impact of employees' health and wellbeing on your company's bottom line
Impact of employees' health and wellbeing on your company's bottom lineArticle

Corporates are currently dealing with how to report company performance whilst navigating a myriad of uncertainties due to the outbreak of Covid-19...

Loshni Naidoo 14 Aug 2020

A culture of non-compliance presents red flag for consumers
A culture of non-compliance presents red flag for consumersArticle

A growing culture of regulatory non-compliance in the motor vehicle repair industry is not only creating an uneven playing field for many accredited workshop owners in the sector, but also placing consumers at risk...

13 Aug 2020

Oxbridge Academy grows African footprint
Oxbridge Academy grows African footprintArticle

Oxbridge Academy, the distance learning brand of the JSE-listed education provider ADvTech, has increased its footprint into three additional countries - Kenya, Zambia and Ghana...

27 Jul 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

Fortune (500) telling - how America's top CEOs see the future after Covid-19
Fortune (500) telling - how America's top CEOs see the future after Covid-19Article

Even though we are starting to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we still have a long way to go before life can return to a pre-Covid-19 type of normality, with many questioning if it will ever fully return. From a business point of view, we can draw insight from the CEOs of 2020's Fortune 500 list of companies...

Johan Botes, Tiisetso Rabolao and Kirsty Gibson 6 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

Considering human distancing - how to comply and why
Considering human distancing - how to comply and whyArticle

Landlords and business owners are facing new uncertainties everyday due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief among these anxieties is how they are required to adapt interiors and buildings to comply with new international regulations...

Raghmah Solomon 12 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

The post-Covid-19 office of the future
The post-Covid-19 office of the futureArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted a whole new dimension to worker and building health...

Estelle Meiring 9 Jun 2020

What to do if an employee contracts Covid-19 and has been in the workplace...
What to do if an employee contracts Covid-19 and has been in the workplace...Article

The Department of Employment and Labour issued directions in late April 2020 on the measures an employer would need to take to provide its employees with safety measures to protect against the risk of Covid-19 exposure...

Bradley Workman-Davies 8 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

Kangnas Wind Farm
Mitigating Covid-19 risks in constructing wind farmsArticle

As South Africa enters Level 3 lockdown, sectors across the country, including wind power construction teams, are facing more stringent health and safety regulations than ever before...

3 Jun 2020

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