OHS Advisory Council nominations in July

SA Labour minister Mildred Oliphant.
SA Labour minister Mildred Oliphant.

The SA Department of Labour (DOL) called for nominations to the minister’s OHS Advisory Council (ACOHS), before 1 August 2016.

Three years ago, the Minister of Labour had rotated some of her advisory council members, who comment on draft legislation and enforcement measures.

The council had advised the promulgation of the Construction Regulations Amendment, including the controversial enforcement of registration of construction health and safety practitioners with the SACPCMP.

The DOL Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety now consists of 18 members, appointed or delegated by minister Mildred Oliphant, from the Labour Department; Business Unity SA (BUSA); labour unions; and specialists. Current or recent ACOHS members are;

DOL; Thobile Lamati; Tibor Szana
DOL Compensation Fund official; Monge Lekalakala

Dr Lorraine Lotter (a chemicals and process safety specialist, of CAIA)
James Flynt (of SAFCEC)
PT Moleko
Ms E Van der Merwe
Mrs N Mphofu

Dr K Baloyi


Jace Naidoo (of Eskom)

Dr Audrey Banyini (of the Mine Health and Safety Council)

Neels Nortje (formerly of Master Builders KZN, now of SAIOHS /IOSH SA)

Ceppwawu; Pelelo Magane
Cosatu; Ms J Bodibe
M Ntutela
Fedusa; J Sehlabaka
Nactu; Brenda Modise
NUM; Eric Gcilitshana.

The Department of Health and the DMR are not currently represented.

Members before the 2013 reshuffle, included Milly Ruiters (an occupational health specialist); DOH’s Dr L Ndelu; DMR’s Thabo Gazi; Chamber of Mines’ Dr Balfour-Kaipa; BUSA’s Vikki Harbhajan, and Doug Michell (formerly of Master Builders SA, now of the SACPCMP board); construction specialist Prof Theo Haupt (of CPUT, and ACOHS).

Before them, former members included Ray Strydom (of IoSM /OSPC /OHSAP /SAIOH /SAPEMA /Noshebo). The DOL had continued to consult him informally on construction health and safety registration measures, as announced at the promulgation of the the Construction Regulations amendment of 2012 (see earlier reports on opposition against the controversial inclusion of construction health and safety officers in the registration scheme, on Sheqafrica.com).

The DOL had also involved Joep Joubert (current IOSM president, and contractor to the SACPCMP), in the team that drafted the construction OHS registration scheme.

Call for ACOHS nominations 2016


In terms of Section 2 of the OHS Act, the Department of Labour is required to establish an Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety.

The Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety is a tripartite Committee established in terms of the aforementioned Act. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Minister of Labour on aspects of health and safety insofar as covered by the legislation.

The functions of the Council are provided for in Section 3 of the Act and includes, but are not limited to, the Council advising the Minister with regard to:

  • matters of policy arising out of the Act;
  • matters relating to occupational health and safety;
  • performing functions assigned by the Act or referred to it by the Minister.

The Department of Labour hereby invites specialist /experts candidates to apply to serve on the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety for a period of at least three years.

The nominated members should have specialist /expert knowledge of:

  • Occupational Safety matters (One person)
  • Occupational Hygiene (One person).

The candidate should have achieved a National Diploma in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Construction and [or?] Chemical, and proven ten years experience in a managerial position.

The candidate should have achieved a National Diploma in Environmental Health and 10 years experience in a managerial position.

Candidates should be registered with recognised professional bodies in South Africa.

Additional information can be found in the OHS Act Section 2; 3; 4; 5; 6. Candidates must be South African citizens.

The closing date for nominations is 12:00 on 1 August 2016.

Interested persons should forward their detailed CV to: Chief Inspector: Occupational Health and Safety, Department of Labour, Private Bag X117, PRETORIA 0001.

For additional information, contact Mr Tibor Szana on (012) 309 4575.

  • Sources; DOL. Sheqafrica.com.
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