MORE ABOUT THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Occupational Health and Safety Act aims to provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the activities of persons at work and to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety.” (Department of Labour,2016,http://www.labour.gov.za/) Employees need to be informed and trained about the OHS regulations and what is expected of them in the work place. No employee just knows the OHS requirements since the day they start working. Plenty employees have never even been trained or informed and training is normally only done once there has been an incident at the workplace. Having trained employees will ensure that the business will operate smooth and workplace related injuries and incidents will be minimized if not avoided. It’s important that employees understand how to report to superiors should there be any activities or situations that could lead to workplace related injuries. Often employees don’t report to their superiors and they feel that they might be targeted and victimized should they point out a poor workplace environment.
THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OHS) GUIDELINEThe Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guideline has been developed and amended over the years to protect the employer and the employees with regards to their workplace environment. This guideline outlines the responsibilities of both the employee and employer in the workplace. It explains the definition and responsibilities of the counsels, the importance of a job description (Listed work), the duties and responsibilities to inform employees, importance of not interfering / damaging / misusing equipment, general duties of employees at work, the duties of the chief officer, how to report incidents, how to report victimization, how to perform inspections, how to conduct workplace investigations, what is and the importance of Health and Safety Committees, what is a Health and safety representative, Appeal against decision of inspector, Exemptions, Regulations , the serving of a notice, and Conflict of provisions in the workplace.