This Article is not here to teach you all there is to know about OHS. Its purpose is simply to make those who are new to the act or, owning a business or home industry, aware of the responsibilities they have in terms of the Act.
There is a grave misconception that if you are self-employed, then the Occupational Health And Safety Act does not apply to you. Even if you have NO employees, but your business can affect the Health and Safety of others, then the Act applies to you!
General Duties Of Employers And Self-employed Persons To Persons Other Than Their Employees.
You also need to be aware that you do not only have a responsibility towards your Employees but also other persons who may be directly affected by your activities.
Below is an Excerpt of the act that is relevant:-
- (1) ‘Every employer shall conduct his undertaking in such a manner as to
ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that persons other than those in his
employment who may be directly affected by his activities are not thereby exposed
to hazards to their health or safety.
(2) Every self-employed person shall conduct his undertaking in such a manner
as to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons who may
be directly affected by his activities are not thereby exposed to hazards to their
health or safety.
South African Occupational Health And Safety Act– What you Need To Know – It applies to YOU whether you are a registered business or self-employed.
Where To Find It
If you have started a business or home industry, it would be advisable to buy yourself a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and to at least read it and make yourself aware of its reach because it probably reaches you and can have a grave effect on your business.
Getting professional advice with regard to OHS is really advisable to ensure that you are compliant.
Where to find a copy of the OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993? Well you can download it for free right Here.
The Minister has the power to publish regulations with regard to this act and there are a number of them, Twenty-one sets of regulations form an inseparable part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They cover many sectors in industry, such as mining and medical.
You need to ensure that you comply with the regulations that govern your industry.
The OHS Act is far-reaching and will be relevant to your business or home industry. Hake sure that you are compliment before an incident or injury occurs.
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