Free OHS conference for SMMEs in November

Department of Labour deputy director-general of Inspection, Aggy Moiloa.
Department of Labour deputy director-general of Inspection, Aggy Moiloa.

A free DOL OHS Conference for small business and SMMEs on 15-17 November in Benoni, will advise small employers how to comply with the OHS Act and its regulations.

The Department of Labour (DOL) hosts the OHS conference to raise health and safety compliance and management awareness among small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa.

The venue is The Lakes Hotel in Benoni, Gauteng. The theme is ‘Sustaining OHS in the SMME environment through innovative solutions’. About 500 delegates are expected.

The Department of Labour Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services, Aggy Moiloa, will deliver the keynote address. Labour experts will address SMMEs on legal requirements and practical means of compliance regarding:

  • Occupational health and hygiene
  • Occupational safety
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Goods hoists
  • Forthcoming first Ergonomics Regulations (see a separate report on Sheqafrica.com); and ergonomics in African perspective
  • Guidelines on the Construction Regulations 2014 Amendment
  • Major Hazard Installations Regulations Amendment (see a separate report on Sheqafrica.com); MHI risk assessments; and MHI global benchmarking
  • The role of approved inspection authorities (AIAs) in electrical installations
  • Classification and labelling standards, particularly in chemicals
  • Radio frequency hazards in explosive environments.

The seminar is expected to be attended by representatives from industry bodies, business organisations and chambers, and labour federations.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act provides for the health and safety of persons at work, and in connection with the use of plant and machinery; as well as public safety arising out of activities of persons at work.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act applies to all employers and workers, but not to mines; load line ships; fishing boats; sealing boats; or whaling boats.

The Act provides that every employer shall conduct undertakings in such a manner as to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that people are not thereby exposed to hazards to their health or safety.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act is currently being amended.

Register on the DOL website at www.labour.gov.za (there was an initial delay in posting this event on the DOL website).

Source: Department of Labour. Mokgadi Pela.

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