Occupational Health, Safety and Environment


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Introducing Laws governing Hosact

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993 regulates health and safety in the workplace with the aim to ensure safe and risk free work environment.

Training of Section 16, 16[1] 17 And 18 Appointments

Accountability of Section 16 (CEO) cannot be delegated therefore Section 16[1] managerial staff takes responsibility delegated from Section 16. Section 17 and 18 are nominated Health and Safety representatives and First Aider.

Implementation and Training of Staff in ISO 9001, 14001, 18001, 22000, 24000

ISO (International Standards set by an International Committee) is required to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations.

Global Gap and HACCP and BRC Implementation and Training

Above accreditation is needed by all markets to export fresh fruit, flowers and seeds as an example.

Business Continuity Plan

Every Company should have a business continuity plan in case of a disaster how to recoup and get back to normal again.

Light, Air and Dust Monitoring and Compliance testing as and where required.

Chemical Compliance and Hazardous Chemicals/Chemical Rooms and Training of Responsible Person.

Chemicals are divided into four sections:

Section A is the base line chemical, graded as Green Chemical.

Section B is yellow and blue chemical and is used as fungicides.

Section C is the red chemicals and contamination with this chemical can lead to death therefore it has to be treated differently.

Section D is the Hazardous chemicals normally used in laboratories, underground selection of layers as well as laboratory dissolution such as Hydrochloric acid.

Compliance Certification for Drivers and Workshop Staff.

Compliance certificate is issued where an employee does not have a formal qualification to operate a machine or a vehicle and had no opportunities in the past to obtain such a certificate. It can only be issued by the Assessor after evaluating work in progress.

Driven Machinery Compliance/Forklift Training/TLB/Heavy Machinery

Evacuation Plan and Implementation and Training of Staff.

An evacuation plan, appointed wardens and plan of action during fire or nature disaster is compulsory by the Act. It is also necessary to have back-ups stored outside the company.

Waste Material Control.

Corrective action report (CAR) should be completed daily about waste material removal and waste material stored as well as the contamination level of items stored.

Contractor Contracts

New contractors have to submit documents that the contractor is compliant with the Hosact. These documents have to be submitted to the company where operation will be executed. In return the company will do same.

Risk Assessments Before and After Injuries.

When a company is visited with the aim to ensure compliance with the Hosact a Risk assessment is performed based on the HIRA method. The outcome of the Risk assessment is handed to the Section 16[1] of the company who will in return ensure that non compliances are attended to. Only after this is done a proper checklist evaluation can be done by an assessor to bring company in line with the Hosact. Non-compliance can lead to enormous fines and/or closing down of companies. This is only done in extreme cases as the employer gets approximately 21 working days to show compliance.