The Occ Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993)
The Occ Health & safety act requires that
- Where more than 5 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer of such employees shall provide a first aid box or boxes at or near the workplace which shall be available and accessible for the treatment of injured persons at that workplace.
- Where more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer of such employees shall take steps to ensure that for every group of up to 50 employees at that workplace, or in the case of a shop or office as contemplated in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 1983 (Act no.3 of 1983), for every group of up to 100 employees, at least one person is readily available during normal working hours, who is in possession of a valid certificate of competency in first aid, issued by;
- The S.A Red Cross Society;
- The St John Ambulance;
- The S.A. First Aid league; or
- A person or organisation approved by the Chief Inspector for this purpose.
Certificates are valid for 3 years
(17) Health and Safety Representatives
- Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) every employer who has more than 20 employees in his employment at the workplace shall within 4 months after the commencement of this act, or after commencing business, or from such time as the employees exceeds 20,as the case may be, designate in writing for a specified period health and safety representatives for such a workplace, or for different sections thereof.
- the number of health and safety representatives for a workplace or section thereof shall in the case of shops and offices be at least one health and safety representative for every 100 employees or part thereof, and in the case of all other workplaces be at least one health and safety representative for every 50 employees or part thereof. Provided that those employees performing work at a workplace other than that where they ordinarily report for duty, shall be deemed to be working at the workplace where they report so for duty.
In addition the act now requires one trained fire fighter as well as per above regulations.
Competent person: means any person having the knowledge, training, experience and qualifications specific to the work or task being performed. Provided that where appropriate qualifications and training are registered in terms of the provisions of the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995 (Act No. 58 of 1995), these qualifications and training shall be deemed to be the required qualifications and training.
- First Aid – Level 1, – Level 2 – Level 3
- Fire fighting
- Health and Safety representative/ officer/ practitioners
- Emergency / Evacuation Planning
- Accident & Incident investigation
- AIDS awareness
- Use of breathing apparatus
- Use of scaffolding
- Fall arrest
- Transport of dangerous goods
- Defensive driving
OCC Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No.85 of 1993)
Driven Machinery Regulations; Reg 18(11)
The user shall ensure that every lifting machine is operated by an operator specifically trained for a particular type of lifting machine: Provided that in the case of a lift truck with a lifting capacity of 750kg and jib-cranes with a lifting capacity of 5000kg or more at minimum jib radius, the user shall not require or permit any person to operate such a lifting machine unless the operator is in possession of a certificate of training, issued by a person or organisation approved for the purpose by the Chief Inspector.
LIFTING MACHINE; means a power-driven machine designed and constructed for raising or lowering a load or moving it in suspension, and includes a block and tackle, hoist, crane, lift truck or jib crane but does not include an elevator, escalator, goods hoist or builders hoist.
- Operators with previous certification—
(a) Operators previously certified under the Driven Machinery Regulations whose certificates have expired or are due to expire, shall be subject to re-certification training. Provided the re-certification route for an expired certificate is only applicable if the original certificate expired within a maximum period of 90 calendar days. The re-certification training shall comprise a minimum of 4 hours theoretical instruction with special focus on safety and 1-hour practical training and assessment under a ratio of 1:1 instructor/assessor supervision;
Including but not limited to:
- Operate counter-balanced lift truck
- Operate truck-mounted cranes
- Operate overhead/gantry cranes
- Operate rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment
- Operate a telescopic boom handler
- Demonstrate knowledge of and apply regulatory requirements pertaining to crane operation
- Demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory framework for lifting machines
- Move and store a hazardous load
Any training where a single company can fill a class can be done at the company’s own premises if desired. Wherever possible, MINERVA will co-ordinate trainers and facilities as close to the students companies premises.