OHS Compliance

OHS: Can You Comply with Confidence?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act is crystal clear in its mandate: Any business that operates within the borders of South Africa must comply with legislation to ensure safe working environments for employees. The risk of non-compliance? Criminal prosecution in the event of an incident that results in injuries or fatalities and/or substantial fines.

This raises a very important question: Are you fully aware of your responsibilities and what exactly they entail?

“In every business, we work with human beings. This means that there are countless possibilities of things that can go wrong. This exposes every business to very real risks, which need to be understood and proactively managed,” says Marius Heyns, General Manager, BBF SHEQ Services.

Understanding your risk profile

Outlined below are eight questions to help you identify and understand the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) risks your business faces.

  1. Do you have the latest version of the OHS Act and regulations at each of your sites?
  2. Have you cascaded the requirements of the OHS Act down to all levels of Management?
  3. Is your Health and Safety committee established according to the Act and is it functioning?
  4. Is Contractor Management in place?
  5. Is your Emergency Preparedness in place and when last was it tested?
  6. Do you have First Aiders appointed and are their certificates valid?
  7. Do you carry out routine inspections on your premises to identify hazards and associated risks?
  8. Is your company registered and in good standing with the Compensation Commissioner according to the COID Act?
  9. Are you working safely at heights?

If you have answered “no” to any of the above questions, your company is at risk.

“The good news is that there are experienced providers of cost-effective OHS services that can help to develop, implement and maintain OHS systems across all industries,” adds Heyns.

BBF SHEQ Services provides a range of services to help companies meet compliance standards. These include:

  • OHS-specific accredited and non-accredited training to ensure legal compliance.
  • Working at heights training with regards to Basic Fall Arrest and Fall Arrest & Basic Rescue.
  • Incident and accident investigations.
  • OSHAS 18001: Transition to ISO 45001:2018.
  • ISO 9001:2015 Implementing, auditing and certification.
  • ISO 45001: 2018 Implementing, auditing and certification.
  • ISO 14001: 2018 Implementing, auditing and certification.

Complying with confidence is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Conduct an external audit.
  2. Choose the correct OHS system.
  3. Make OHS an integral part of your business.

Please note, compliance is the basic requirement, BBF SHEQ Services encourages companies to embrace workplace safety as a moral obligation and wherever possible to employ best practice principles and exceed the basic requirements.

To discuss your OHS requirements, contact BBF SHEQ Services on 011 396 1246 or send an email to sheqservices@bbfsafety.com

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