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by Rudy Maritz
18 Apr 2013, 13:58
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: SIGNS FOR SLIPPERY WET FLOORS
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Re: SIGNS FOR SLIPPERY WET FLOORS

Is it a requirement that we have signs up informing the visitors\Residents that the floors are slippery when wet and what is our obligation. Regards Denis Yes it is a requirement based on the fact that the hazard is known to you and you have idenitified the risk by putting up signs while the floor ...
by Rudy Maritz
11 Apr 2013, 14:52
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Medically unfit?
Replies: 3
Views: 7436

Re: Medically unfit?

Hi Conrad Interesting question. Not so easy to answer though. Firstly, allow me to assume that your back problem is "not" work induced. As a result of a medical condition, you are no longer capable to perform the duties you and your employer agreed on when you started working there. This is in fact ...
by Rudy Maritz
10 Apr 2013, 18:09
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Temperature in workplace
Replies: 15
Views: 24496

Re: Temperature in workplace

This is quite interesting... The OHSAct, as correctly quoted in ERW2 places two limits on temperature extremes. 5 degrees Celsius or lower as the minimum and a WBGT index of 30 or higher as the upper limit. Whilst the lower limit is "normal" temperature, the upper limit is not. The WBGT index is not...
by Rudy Maritz
10 Apr 2013, 16:15
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: COID Act
Replies: 5
Views: 2723

Re: COID Act

Hi Michel I am not sure you ask the question, but here is my advice: An accident is defined as " means an accident arising out of and in the course of an employee's employment and resulting in a personal injury, illness or the death of the employee; " If attending a social function, sporting event o...
by Rudy Maritz
25 Feb 2013, 21:29
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Working at Heights
Replies: 27
Views: 22549

Re: Working at Heights

Hi Estie All lifting machine training has to be done by an institution approved by the Dept of Labour in terms of Driven Machinery regulation 18 and the incorporated code of practice. As these machines are generally special equipment available for rent, the rental companies offer an operating compet...
by Rudy Maritz
25 Feb 2013, 13:12
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Labour dept strengthens labour laws
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Labour dept strengthens labour laws

Somewhat optimistic I think. The new teeth of the inspectors to which the artlcle refers are aimed at Major Hazard Installations regulations, where you may have a listed item on your premises, such as a bulk LPG storage tank. While I can compliment the DoL on their new teeth, I do believe it will be...
by Rudy Maritz
25 Feb 2013, 13:04
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: OHS Act and Short Pants on Construction / Maintenance Sites
Replies: 3
Views: 1286

Re: OHS Act and Short Pants on Construction / Maintenance Si

Hi Rocco I agree with Tinus that self regulation would apply. As to the question of the Act prohibiting short pants, the answer is NO. General Safety Regulation 2(3) gives you an indication of what type of clothing to consider: 2(3). Taking into account the nature of the hazard that is to be counter...
by Rudy Maritz
07 Feb 2013, 18:40
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: COID - awaiting LoG
Replies: 2
Views: 1016

Re: COID - awaiting LoG

Hi Lisa We have the same problem and various e-mails to the Deputy Directors General, the Executive Director and the Personal assistant the the Minister have been ignored. There are five fax numbers for the Commissioner and two fax numbers for the Minister's office, none seem to be attended to. I re...
by Rudy Maritz
07 Feb 2013, 17:37
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Valid Letter of Good Standing of Contractors
Replies: 17
Views: 26889

Re: Valid Letter of Good Standing of Contractors

I stumbled on this post while looking for some answers. I also noted that the one comment regarding owners or tenants doing repair work to private residents fall outside the scope of the Occupational health & Safety Act. This is not entirely true. There are only two exclusions and that is a mine and...
by Rudy Maritz
15 Jan 2013, 09:28
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: CHEMICAL SPILLS
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Re: CHEMICAL SPILLS

Hi Edwards23 A Hazardous chemical spill should also be reported to the Department of Labour (Section24(1)(c) of the OHSAct, IF the health and safety of ANY person was endangered. Based on your comment, you cannot determine the level of danger of the chemical, and I would seriously recommend you repo...
by Rudy Maritz
08 Dec 2012, 19:29
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: Supply of PPE to inspector
Replies: 5
Views: 1851

Re: Supply of PPE to inspector

Hallo Thysman68 To answer your question, Section 29 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act refers: 1. An inspector may, for the purposes of this Act -- a. without previous notice, at all reasonable times, enter any premises which are occupied or used by an employer or on or in which an employee per...
by Rudy Maritz
08 Dec 2012, 19:13
Forum: Health and Safety
Topic: IOD refering to company Doctor
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Re: IOD refering to company Doctor

Dear butlerl Tinus missed your last question. "Can we take disciplinary action?" Yes you may. If he does not return to work on the 26th of November, the onus is on him to prove he was unfit to work until the date he decide he wants to return to work. I would however call the doctor to verify the act...