The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993
The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 was set in place in order to ensure that all businesses operating within South Africa must meet with some minimum and basic workplace standards in order to be legally compliant and allowed to operate. One would think that such an act was only in the favour of the employee in order to protect them from potential illness or injury due to work conditions and procedures, but this is not the case. The best interests of the business are also protected as a company that is compliant will have improved production and can avoid the negative financial implications that can arise from illnesses and injuries sustained on the premises.
The act specifies certain safety measures that must be met with and each company that does so will be certified and approved. Of course this must be checked from time to time so it is essential to ensure that your company keeps up with its procedures and that all staff members are following the guidelines that are set in place too.
Some basic topics and guidelines covered in the act are as follows:
- Protection of workers – procedures must be set in place that protects a worker’s health, safety and wellbeing. This includes safety gear, protective clothing and the provision of areas where suitable air and drinking water etc. are available.
- Equipment – each item of machinery must be in safe working order. All staff members making use of equipment must be provided with suitable training to do so. Any risks associated with using equipment need to be identified and then procedures set in place that eliminate or minimise the possibility of injury or death.
- Education – all staff members need to be educated on the health and safety procedures that must be followed. These procedures must be made readily available throughout the business. Think about safety and health posters and instructions being clearly visible in certain areas in the business where they are applicable. Train staff members before setting them to work within your business.
- Supervision – a professional supervisor must be available at all times on the work premises. It is essential that this supervisor is knowledgeable about the potential risks and dangers when working with certain equipment, substances and chemicals and so on.
- Legal audits – the act clearly states that compliance audits must be legally completed by a qualified attorney at law at certain intervals in order to be certified and approved. At IOH Solutions we can assist you in acquiring the services of a professional attorney and a team to ensure that all safety and precautionary procedures are identified and adhered to.
It is our task at IOH Solutions to ensure that your business is fully compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993. As a business owner it is your moral and legal obligation to provide your trusted and hardworking employees with a safe and healthy working environment. Without your staff members, your business would simply cease to be. A happy and content employee will also be one that works to his or her best ability and will ensure that their tasks are handled with dedication and attention to detail. You can expect less days of absenteeism if all of your team members are healthy and happy too which means improved productivity and profitability for your company.
Innovative Occupational Hygiene Solutions has over 10 years of experience in the industry to offer you. Our team is made up on professional and qualified individuals who are registered with the South African Institute of Occupational Hygiene. This provides the needed peace of mind that your business and its compliance is in the hands of a professional team that you can trust.
At Innovative Occupational Hygiene Solutions we are focused on presenting only the very best services to our clients. We encourage you to chat to us about your needs and requirements as well as the nature of your business so that we can start working on where you require assessments and what compliance guidelines you will need to pay attention to. Ensure that your business is operating according to the safety procedures and guidelines outlined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 by requesting our advice today.