The SACPCMP mass construction health and safety registration workshop is a coercion tactic to transfer OHS liability, writes Edmond Furter.
The DOL intends to expand the SACPCMP scheme to other industries, perhaps even by extending the SACPCMP construction management and OHS management mandate outside construction.
Re-assessment of OHS skills and practices in all industries is needed, to avoid the same uncertainty and half-baked ‘solutions’ being sold to other industries.
Some years ago, I was threatened by two IOSM /OHSAP board members, in the presence of three others, that I should support their voluntary registration scheme. If it were enforced by law, I would have to apply to ‘sit’ their exam and interview.
They are now proven literally wrong, but indirectly right, which is worse. If I chose to work in construction, as OHS Officer or OHS Agent (not OHS Manager), on certain projects, and for certain employers, I would have to apply to the SACPCMP for a designation, where IOSM /OHSAP have some friends, contractors, assessors, social partnerships, influence, and alliances, such as via Master Builders, SAIOSH, and the Labour minister’s advisory council.
If I then happen to need some bonus points, I may join one of the voluntary bodies, and their ‘CPD’ events, on top of the SACPCMP and their ‘CPD’ costs that my employer may or may not pretend to contribute to.
Judging by the IOSM motivations, tactics, capacity, and cultic leadership (‘ask Ray’), and by the ethics of the construction industry in opting to shift OHS liability to employees (particularly OHS Officers), I am fortunate that I do not work in the construction industry.
This Trojan horse has wheels
Let other industries beware of the construction-based volunteer board members (such as former IOSM president, and current SAIOSH ‘registrar’ Neels Nortje), Master Builders officials (such as Neels Nortje), and Labour minister’s advisory council members (such as Neels Nortje), who use their quasi-legal ‘recognition’ to expand the registration-for-liability scheme.
The construction industry’s promises of ‘raising and ensuring health and safety skills’ are built on sand, and hide their liability-shifting agenda. Their organisations peddle influence, intimidation, collusion, and price-fixing.
They do not represent the ethics, nor the majority of health and safety practitioners. Nothing in construction health and safety law, organisation, or prosecution is black and white. Everything is a shade of gray, just as intimidators and influence peddlers like it best.
As the Trojans have learned to their cost, rather leave massive gift horses on the beach.
The diversion tactic of Master Builders official Neels Nortje in accusing opponents of the construction health and safety registration scheme of discriminating against people with SACPCMP designations, is a weird kind of reverse psychology.
Employers should check on the training qualifications and experience of all applicants, and ignore the presence or absence of SACPCMP registration. It says nothing for or against anyone’s skills.
Reserve your suspicion for Master Builders, ACOHS, SACPCMP, IOSM, OHSAP, SAIOSH and IOSH SA board members, assessors, employees, and contractors. They are all in a Trojan horse named ‘Construction health and safety registration and liability scam’.
• Edmond Furter is the editor of Sheqafrica.com.
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