OHS Act Changes

Your company’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy statement not visibly displayed (OHS 7) and signed by the CEO. Failing to do so is a Schedule 2 offense and the employer is liable to a fine of R50 000.00. Next month’s newsletter will clearly define how this OHS policy must be drawn up and the details it must contain.

The CEO must ensure that that the company has a valid risk assessment done by a competent person specific to the identified hazards and risks in the workplace. This includes ergonomics (Ergonomic Regulation will soon form part of the OHSA regulations). Failing to do so is a Schedule 1 offense and the employer is liable to an R5 000 000.00 fine and or 5 years imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment.

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