South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

Uniform policies around health and safety management within the construction industry is lacking. Patrick Nwabueze Okonkwo  /  17 August 2019 00:15 Stakeholders like the Department of Labour, employer associations, labour unions, tertiary institutions and industry bodies need to come together to address the lack of suitably qualified and registered health and safety professionals. Picture: Moneyweb Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it’s responsible for between 30% and 40%of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because contractor organisations…

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A jail term would send a strong message to violators of OHS in the construction sector

Department of Employment and Labour Director of Construction, Explosives and Major Hazards Installations (MHI), Phumi Maphaha says he wants to see a jail term as a form of sanction to violators of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the construction sector. Maphaha said this would send a strong message to contractors who are cutting corners. He was addressing a Department’s occupational health and safety conference. The three-day conference which started yesterday is being held at the Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province. The theme of the conference is: “Strategic co-operation…

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Employment and Labour Minister calls for safe and healthy workplaces

  Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has called for the collaboration between his department and social partners towards the creation of a “Vision Zero” – a workplace free of accidents and diseases. The Minister was addressing about 1 000 delegates at the Occupational health and safety conference at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. He said business and organised labour have key roles to play to achieve the Vision Zero. “We have to work with organised business to ensure compliance and to assist them to act as responsible citizens. This is especially the…

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A-OSH EXPO showcases holistic treatment of employees’ health issues

Holistic wellness programmes have an important role to play in the workplace, and employers play a significant role in offering such programmes. Shocking statistics released in late 2017 showed that depression (circa 2016) was costing South African business more than R232 billion – either due to absence from work or attending work while unwell (the latter being a phenomenon sometimes called ‘presenteeism’ as opposed to absenteeism). This was according to the IDEA study of the London School of Economics and Political Science[1]. A statement released by the chairperson of the…

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Impact of food safety compliance on global growth of businesses

We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety related incidence, both in South Africa and globally writes Roy Kirby.  JOHANNESBURG – We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety related incidence, both in South Africa and globally. Re-establishing trust in the food safety industry, in manufacturers, and regulators is more necessary than ever. With a consistent approach to quality standards across geographies, and a genuine concern for developing a safety-centric culture for consumers, this is indeed possible.   Food safety related outbreaks can…

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Knowledge enables best OHS practices with the latest content from A-OSH EXPO

– Workplace health and safety is critically important, both for employees’ physical safety and emotional well-being, as well as for the positive impact that healthy, content staff members can have on a company’s bottom line. In this regard, it is always vitally important to implement occupational health and safety (OHS) programmes in the workplace, and thereafter make sure that key people in the company stay up-to-date with the latest information that affects their particular sphere, including relevant legislation. Access to the latest knowledge and thinking enables best practice as well…

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BBF Safety Group : Mhlaba Skills Centre Thank You

BBF Safety Group is proud to have recently donated footwear to the students at Ray Mhlaba Skills Centre in Port Elizabeth. Ladies were provided with products from the Sisi Safety Footwear range, while Bova products were donated to the men.   The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre, an extension program of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre, offers skills training to vulnerable, underprivileged and displaced youth between the ages of 18-25. This includes those who come from children’s homes, have lost one or both parents, live in households with…

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Recall of listeriosis-linked products ‘well advanced’ – Enterprise Foods

Polokwane – Enterprise Foods confirmed on Friday that it had received a report from the Department of Health confirming the presence of the Listeria monocytogenes ST6 (LST6) strain it its Polokwane factory. The company said it received the report on Thursday after environmental swabs were taken at the factory on February 2. “We are directing all our efforts, energy and time to determine how this could have occurred,” Tiger Brands CEO Lawrence MacDougall said in a statement. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday that the outbreak of listeriosis –…

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A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

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A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the sector’s leading product and service providers with a keen audience that represents Africa’s OHS professionals and business leaders. Sven Smit,  Event Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, says, “A-OSH EXPO provides a platform for knowledge exchange and relationship building. The expo facilitates networking…

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‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large tyres on off-the-road (OTR) vehicles. Over the past couple of decades, there have been recorded instances of these tyres catching fire and, in some cases, actually exploding – with potentially serious consequences. However, nitrogen tyre inflation has proven to be very effective at preventing…

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