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Supreme Health and Safety

Safety | Health | Environmental Consultants

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Supreme Health
and Safety

Safety | Health | Environmental Consultants

About Us

At Supreme Health & Safety, our Construction Health and Safety Consultants provide advice and documentation for your business. Our competent and professional Construction Safety Consultants will enable your company to comply with current Health and Safety legislation and codes of good practice.
We offer a full range of Construction Safety Services ranging from Site Safety visits to Risk Assessments and Health and Safety Plans. We are committed to working with our clients to build a productive long-term relationship in a safe working environment.

Mission:

Our mission is to build up relationships and offer our clients comprehensive, reliable Health & Safety services.

At Supreme Health & Safety, we specialise in providing cost effective and practical Health and Safety management solutions for your business.

Whether you operate a multi-national corporation or are a growing small business, our dedicated team of Health and Safety experts will design customised solutions, exclusive to your business and your budget. These solutions will also ensure that you are compliant with all of the current Health and Safety legislation.

With just under a decade of experience behind us, and with access to highly qualified and experienced experts, we provide Health and Safety management solutions to some of the largest private sector organisations, across the construction industry here in South Africa

Why Us

Simplicity requires time, expertise, and experience. It demands someone who can navigate the intricacies and distil it into a comprehensible solution. At Supreme Health & Safety, we possess that skill. We recognize that, regardless of the complexity of the problem, the simplicity of the end result is what truly counts.

Our Services

Site Specific
Safety Files

Health &
Safety Specifications

Risk
Assessments

Occupational
Health Medicals

Evacuation
Procedures
Fall Protection and
Rescue Plans

Monthly Legal Compliance Safety Audits

Accident & Incident Investigations

Safety Officer Placements (temporary & full time onsite)

 

Occupational Health &
Safety Plans

FAQ’s

WHAT DOES THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT AND REGULATIONS REQUIRE IN TERMS OF SAFETY FILES?

The 2014 Construction Regulation provides the following guidance in terms of the Health and Safety file.
The Construction Regulation of 2014, clearly states:
CR 3(6) – “A client must ensure that the principal contractor keeps a copy of the construction work permit contemplated in sub regulation (1) in the occupational health and safety file for inspection by an inspector, the client, the client’s authorized agent, or an employee”.

CR 5(1)(s) – “The client must ensure that health and safety file contemplated in regulation 7(1)(b) is kept and maintained by the principle contractor”.

CR 7(1)(b) – “A principal contractor must open and keep on site a health and safety file which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or a contractor”.

CR 7(1)(e) – “A principal contractor must handover a consolidated health and safety file to the client upon completion of the construction work and must , in addition to the documentation referred to in sub regulation (2)(b), include a record of all drawings, designs, materials used, and other similar information concerning the competed structure”.

CR 7(1)(f) – “In addition to the documentation required in the health and safety file in terms of paragraph (c)(v) [contractor appointment] and sub regulation (2)(b), include and make available a comprehensive and updated list of all the contractors on site accountable to the principal contractor, the agreements between the parties and the type of work being done”.

CR 7(2)(b) – “A contractor must prior to performing any construction work -open and keep principal health and safety file, which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, and which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or the principle contractor

WHAT DOES THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT AND REGULATIONS REQUIRE IN TERMS OF SAFETY FILES?

The 2014 Construction Regulation provides the following guidance in terms of the Health and Safety file.
The Construction Regulation of 2014, clearly states:
CR 3(6) – “A client must ensure that the principal contractor keeps a copy of the construction work permit contemplated in sub regulation (1) in the occupational health and safety file for inspection by an inspector, the client, the client’s authorized agent, or an employee”.

CR 5(1)(s) – “The client must ensure that health and safety file contemplated in regulation 7(1)(b) is kept and maintained by the principle contractor”.

CR 7(1)(b) – “A principal contractor must open and keep on site a health and safety file which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or a contractor”.

CR 7(1)(e) – “A principal contractor must handover a consolidated health and safety file to the client upon completion of the construction work and must , in addition to the documentation referred to in sub regulation (2)(b), include a record of all drawings, designs, materials used, and other similar information concerning the competed structure”.

CR 7(1)(f) – “In addition to the documentation required in the health and safety file in terms of paragraph (c)(v) [contractor appointment] and sub regulation (2)(b), include and make available a comprehensive and updated list of all the contractors on site accountable to the principal contractor, the agreements between the parties and the type of work being done”.

CR 7(2)(b) – “A contractor must prior to performing any construction work -open and keep principal health and safety file, which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, and which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or the principle contractor

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A “WCA LETTER OF GOOD STANDING/SECTION 89 CERTIFICATE”?

The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993 (COID) is the legislation that is applicable in the event of an employee who is injured, becomes ill or dies due to an occupational injury or disease.  A claim for compensation will arise when an employee is involved in an incident that results in disablement or death, or when an employee has contracted an occupational disease or other disease arising out of his/her employment.

Only   persons employed as casual and permanent employees and dependants of employees are entitled to compensation for injuries suffered or diseases contracted during employment, this also includes persons who are paid by a labour broker to do work for others. The staff of sub-contractors will then be regarded as those of the principal contractor if the sub-contractor is not registered and paid up with the Compensation Commissioner.

This is the main reason the principal contractor requires a sub-contractor to supply a Letter of Good Standing valid for the duration of the appointed contract.  The Act makes provision for the employers to recover expenses incurred as a result of the contractor not being in good standing with the Commissioner.

WHAT ARE THE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EMPLOYER PERTAINING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE?

The predominant emphasis on the duties and responsibilities and therefore, potential liability, within the OHS Act is clearly on the employer.  Section 8 of the OHS Act determines that every employer must, as far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risk to the health of the employee and in accordance with Section 9 of the OHS Act the employer also has a duty towards persons other than employees, to ensure that these non-employees are not exposed to health and safety risks that arise from the activities and processes from a given site.

WHAT IS THE CORRECT COMPENSATION CLAIMS PROCEDURE?
  1. The employee must give as soon as possible after such accident occurs, notice thereof to the employer and the notice may also be given, as soon as possible, in the prescribed manner to the Commissioner.
  2. The employer must within seven days after having received notice of the accident report same to the Commissioner in the prescribed manner.
  3. The Commissioner may conduct any inquiry into the incident.
  4. The employee is required to undergo a medical examination.
  5. The claim must be submitted within 12 months form the date of injury or disease.
  6. The Commissioner considers the claim and then makes payment or repudiates the claim.
  7. Complete “Part A” of Form WCI.2 “Employer’s report of an accident.
  8. Detach “Part B” where perforated and provide it without delay to the doctor or hospital concerned. In minor cases “Part B” must accompany the employee.
  9. Complete “Part A” page 2 in full.
  10. Forward the completed Form W.CI. 2 “Part A” pages 1 and 2 without delay to The Compensation Commissioner, PO Box 955, Pretoria 0001, or follow the online instruction thereto.
WHAT IS A OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN?

In terms of contractors and sub-contractors the OHS management plan is exactly what it says it is…it is a plan that is compiled and contains all relevant information to ensure the management of health and safety of employees, the public and the impact on the environment.
An OHS management plan is site specific – this means that it not a generic copy and paste exercise. The Occupational Health and Safety Management plan is audited against the minimum requirements as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations or the OHSAS 18001 standards and other relevant legislation, depending on the client’s safety requirements/specifications.
The Occupational Health and Safety management plan is also operations specific and provides crucial information about the Who, What, Where, When, How and What thereafter, of your operations.

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