As we all know that the month of June is National Safety Month, please adhere to the following processes and sensitize yourself about the importance of OHS in the workplace.
The purpose of Occupational Health & Safety is to establish minimum standards and requirements of OHS for the GDE in order to reduce the risks. This aims to address the risks by:
a) Identifying hazards and possible risks causing incidents and accidents,
b) Setting standards of practice, procedures andaccountability,
c) Measuring performance against standards
d) Evaluating compliance with standards
e) Correcting deficiencies,deviations,and set standards of procedures to be followed
f) Creating and maintaining a healthy and a safe working environment.
Responsibilities of the Employees in terms of Section 14 of OHS Act 85 of 1993(including interns)
a) Take care of their own health and safety, as well that of other employees who may be affected by their actions or negligence at work,
b) Give information to inspectors from the Department of Labour when so required,
c) Wear the prescribed safety clothing(PPE) or use the prescribed safety equipment where necessary
d) Report unsafe or unhealthy conditions to the employer or SHERQ Specialist as soon as possible. If employees are involved in an incident that may affect their health or cause an injury, they should report that incident to the OHS Rep and the employer as soon as possible but not later than the end of the shift during which the incident occurred. Unless the incident was not possible in which case the employee must report it as soon as it is practically possible
e) Execute good housekeeping in the workplace and ensure that there is no health and safety hazard due to bad housekeeping
f) The principle to be followed to reduce risks is to make sure that there is a place of everything and everything is in its place.
Remember Safety is everybody’s responsibility
All enquiries/complaints regarding the Occupational Health and Safety matters can be directed to:
Morakane Mothapo on 079 216 52883,
Johannes Motau on 079 873
Together, Moving Gauteng City Region Forward