A good understanding of the legislation that surrounds the occupational health and safety policy in South Africa may be the difference between a high risk and risk-free work environment for your business.
In South Africa, the most important regulation surrounding occupational health and safety is the Health and Safety Act of 1993. The two main pillars of this act are:
- The duties and responsibilities of employees to support a safe work environment
- The duties are responsibilities of employers in safety management
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Watch this video where Christian Basgen, Head Tutor on the University of Cape Town Occupational Health and Safety online short course, takes you through the foundations of the South African occupational health and safety policy.
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The most important regulation is the Health and Safety Act of 1993 which describes the duties and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety. The two main pillars of this act are, the duties and responsibilities of the employees and also the employer. Important to know as well is that section 44 of this act, includes every other regulation normal and standard which affects our working life. This means for instance that the construction regulations, electricity regulations and every other regulation and norm is applicable to health and safety.