From category archives: Health and Safety and the South African Entrepreneur

Construction Health & Safety

What are the benefits of ergonomics interventions at work?

The draft Ergonomics Regulations were sent out for comment in 2017. The relevance of addressing ergonomics in all environments is to limit the exposure of workers to musculoskeletal disorders that result in increased absenteeism and decreased productivity. Simple, inexpensive ergonomic interventions and measures can be taken that could have significant returns on investment. We offer a variety of services relating to ergonomics, from training to ergonomic risk assessments, to high level ergonomic investigations. Please contact us for further information and your free quotation.

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Workers do not deserve to die from exposure to dusts and other respiratory hazards, for a long, productive working life.   


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What should you expect from your Professional Construction Health and Safety Agent (PrCHSA)?

The need to have a health and safety professional on a construction is often misunderstood. There are a number of critical reasons to ensure a professional, competent person is addressing project risk. The PrCHSA advises, leads and manages H&S risk across the project life cycle.

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Many believe that as a small business, the laws and practices relating to health and safety do not apply to them. This is not so. Read some simple ways of dealing with managing health and safety for your small business.

Health Health and Safety (H&S) is most often thought of as being for large, organized business.  So many ‘one man band’ or family businesses, or those that fall into the micro or small business sector are at risk when it comes to H&S. 

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A worker dies every 15 seconds, resulting in about 6300 fatalities per day from accidents and occupational diseases.  A total of 313 million injures are experienced by workers annually, or 860000 injuries daily.  What can we do as South Africans to reduce the risk in the construction sector?

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Preventing Asbestos Legacy Exposures in South Africa

Asbestos remains an issue world wide.  In countries such as South Africa and Australia,the issue now, following many years of no mining or production, is the legacy of exposure.  The paper was written for the ADAO 2017 conference in Washington, USA.

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Retention of Health and Safety Documents

All companies have documents no matter the size of the company. These documents can be divided into a hierarchy and different laws and regulations apply to the retention and / or review of these documents.

General examples of documents would be policies, objectives, manuals, legal documents, and records.

Usually only documents that are regarded as records, need to be retained, as such a document is a seen as proof of an action.

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High Visibility Clothing: Safety From Start to Finish

Traditionally, personal protective equipment (PPE) is issued without much thought or consideration for the safety and health of the wearer.

PPE is not supposed to be provided unless consideration has been given to the type of work, and that the environment in which work is to be done has been assessed and risks reduced.

In the construction sector the requirement to assess the need and effectiveness of PPE is no less than any other industry.

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High-risk occupations and the skin we live in

The first thing that comes into contact with a surface, a person, feels the warmth of the sun, or the cold wind is our skin.  Or rather the sensitive nerve endings that are part of one of the marvels of the skin feels all those aspects.

The skin is one of the largest organs in the body, and has to work very hard to keep us healthy.  Doctors and nurses are trained to check the skin first, looking for signs and symptoms of disease.

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