Is your company protected against non-compliance to the Occupational Health & Safety Act?
In our previous newsletter we described one of the company responsibilities of risk reduction, which is to ensure that employees are medically fit to perform their work duties.
The OHSA prescribes fitness certification which may impact electrical workers. In addition to the general duties imposed by these laws, the Construction Regulations (Feb 2014) were also published under the OHSA.
Protect your employees and company against non-compliance to the Occupational Health & Safety Act
As the ‘voice’ of the electrical industry, The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) SA represents the interests of electrical contractors and their employees and as such is committed to informing its members of occupational health and safety developments, services and initiatives.
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It has been well established that all employees who are exposed to ‘hazards’ in the workplace should undergo medical surveillance and participate in a medical surveillance program (Section 8 (1) (2)(b) & (d) & 9 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act no 85 of 1993 (OHSA), Employment Equity Act no 55 of 1998, Chapter II, Section 7).
Medical surveillance is a crucial part of the OHSA (amongst others) therefore it is important to make oneself aware of the accountability and liability of non-compliance.