Construction work permit and safety registration workshop

The SA Department of Labour hosts a workshop on construction health and safety registration, and the construction work permit, on 9 July.

The information workshop is on the implementation of new aspects of the Construction Regulations Amendment that take effect in August 2015. It is hosted at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on 9 July.

The workshop is preceded by a training session for Labour inspectors, specialist inspectors, and principal inspectors, on the implementation of the Construction Regulations Amendment.

The department’s newly-appointed Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa, is expected to address the seminar on the DOL vision for the construction industry.

Construction work permit procedures and impracticalitites have been criticised for many years. These problems are expected to be addressed in the iimplementation of the CR amendment.

The Meyersdal. Alberton house extension slab collapse is one of the incidents the DOL and SACPCMP use as motivation for forcing construction health and safety officers to register. (Photo; IOL)
The Meyersdal. Alberton house extension slab collapse is one of the incidents the DOL and SACPCMP use as motivation for forcing construction health and safety officers to register. (Photo; IOL)

Slab collapses blamed on health and safety officers

The Department of Labour again used fatal construction incidents as a motivation for enforcing SACPCMP registration on construction health and safety Agents and CHS Officers.

“The construction sector has come under the spotlight following the fatal collapse of the Tongaat Mall, and the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the tragedy, and the collapse of a house structure in Meyersdal”, said the DOL.

“The launch of the Construction Regulations Amendment of 2014 is intended to advance the ‘Zero Harm’ initiative in workplaces and promote a meaningful social dialogue in occupational health and safety matters.

“The growth and diversity of the construction sector as compared to other high-risk sectors further necessitated that the current regulations be amended, and as such the Advisory Council of the Minister of Labour on Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS) appointed a technical task team nine years ago, comprised of government, organised business and organised labour.

“Almost five years after publishing the draft regulations for comments and thorough consultation in all provinces with various stakeholders and the state law advisors, the department – through the ACOHS with organised business, organised labour, and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), the Construction Regulations Amendment were promulgated last year.”

The Department of Public Works and the SACPCMP were earlier criticised by health and safety practitioners for implying to the public that registration of health and safety practitioners would reduce planning, engineering, and structural incidents such as slab collapses.

Last year the Department of Labour, Department of Public Works, industry bodies, labour, and business, signed a Construction Health and Safety Accord “to improve the status of health and safety in the construction sector in South Africa.”

But the agreement also focuses on “alleviation of unemployment and economic growth” and on “poverty alleviation through employment creation and positive economic growth”.

Letter of Good Standing expedited

There will also be a speaker from the Compensation Fund on innovations in regard to issuing of Letters of Good standing, and on how the SACPCP will regulate the standard of registered persons. The event starts at 8am.

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13 thoughts on “Construction work permit and safety registration workshop

  1. Good day. How do I register with DOL Construction Regulations workshop to be held 09/07/2015 at Emporer’s Palace.
    Please and thanks

  2. Good morning. I also would like to know how I should register to attend the Workshop for 9 July 2015. Thanks.

  3. Would these Construction work permit and safety registration workshop be rolled out to other provinces?
    I live in Port Elizabeth and we would like to get first-hand information.

    Thanks

  4. I too would like to know whether the workshop will be hosted in other provinces as i reside in the Western Cape.

    Thank you

  5. All wanting to know about registration. Just got feedback from the DOL. You can go and register for the seminar on the SACPCMP website from today. Just did mine.

  6. It would be great if DoL can also have the workshop presented in other provinces and not just in Gauteng. We all do have work in other provinces going on that will be affected please

  7. I could not find anything on the website about the workshop. If anyone has, can they share the information on how one can register to attend the workshop.

  8. Good day, Where and how do I register for the workshop to be on the registration next month?
    Thanks

    1. DoL / SACPCMP calls it a seminar not a workshop, either way its going to be neither of the two. They simply going to announce how they going to implement and enforce the Construction Regulations that were exempted until 6 August 2015 i.e. the permit system and the registration of CHSO’s and Pr. CHSA’s. You don’t need a seminar for this, they will send out an official government notice in any case.

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