Health & Safety in SA – 10 easy wins for business compliance

  1. Do a Risk Analysis for your business. Here’s and example that you can adapt. The DoL may never ask you for yours, but if they do, then you’re good to go.
  2. Appoint 1st Aiders and Health and Safety rep’s. The DoL requires 1 x 1st Aider for every 100 staff in an office environment and 1 x 1st Aider for every 50 staff in a factory, DC or similar. You will require the same ratio for Health and Safety rep’s.
  3. Train your staff. We can recommend John Hambleton of Frontline Emergency Care for 1st Aid training. For Health & Safety training, speak to Ken Annandale of Intra produces customisable safety training courses, and do your own training.
  4. Fire Fighters are not a requirement by the DoL. It would be wise to train your staff wrt to the use of a fire extinguisher, but the DoL does not specify Fire Fighters as legal appointments.
  5. Health & Safety meetings – hold these at least once a quarter. Minute the meeting, get attendees to sign a register, which needs to be attached to the meeting minutes and remedy any points that are raised. This is a DoL requirement.
  6. First aid kits– stock your 1st aid kit with DoL specified items only. Don’t give anything orally. Ever. Here is a link to the list
  7. Fire signage is photoluminescent, SABS approved and spec’d to SANS 1186-5 8279 MDC requirements.
  8. Fire equipment such as fire extinguishers and hose reels need to be serviced on an annual basis. The white tally on the unit will show the date when last serviced and what the date for the next service is.
  9. Incident Registers – keep a register handy for inspection by the DoL. This can be a simple exercise book that lists any incidents in the store that involve Health and Safety. These incidents relate to staff and customers.
  10. Building evacuation exercises – ensure that you do an annual evacuation exercise with your staff, so that they know what to do in the event of an emergency. Document the exercise with dates, times taken to evacuate and assemble at emergency points and if you can, take photo’s to accompany the report.

By Safetynut

Health & Safety adviser in the South African Market

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