This South African health and safety law update of December 2014 includes maritime OHS inspections, DOL contracts, a UK criminal case, and legal notices.
The SA Department of Labour criticised public service employers and state departments for dismal health and safety inspection results and “OHS disregard”.
The SA DOL is re-trianing staff in public service skills, including learnerships, insurance, employement equity, and labour inspection.
Construction corruption undermines social, economic and safety values, said Labour deputy minister Adv Phathekile Holomisa at the Master Builders congress.
Labour inspectors stopped work at nine housing projects in Meyersdal, Alberton, on Construction Regulations and safety laws on 25 August.
SA Labour minister Mildred Oliphant said Labour inspectors found that 75% of employers complied with health and safety laws in 2014.
Construction employers, contractors and maintenance contractors, may obtain Construction Regulations exemption.
SA Labour inspectors have fined a Rustenburg employer R20 000 for ignoring Labour inspection instructions about an electrical certificate and PPE.
Phelele Tengeni has been appointed Deputy Director-General (DDG) of Corporate Services in the Department of Labour.
Questions about school safety inspections and enforcement were raised in the SA parliament following a number of injuries and fatalities.
A ‘tough’ farm labour inspection blitz by the Department of Labour in 2014 revealed “low levels of compliance with labour laws”.
The SA Department of Labour’s Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) went on a funeral labour conditions investigation roadshow in November 2013.
The SA Department of Labour audit by the state in 2013 was unqualified for the third year, but several warnings were repeated.
The SA Department of Labour hospitality inspection blitz on labour relations law compliance and health and safety is in the week of 22 to 26 July.
The SA Minister of Labour has rotated some Labour advisory council members, to comment to her on draft legislation and enforcement in 2013.
SA Labour inspectors will focus on retail labour law, Seta training roles, reporting of injuries and occupational diseases, and job protection in 2013.
Department of Labour inspections re-organised, and the department “re-invented as a unified seamless operation”, is the goal in 2013.
SA Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant called for Marikana labour leadership from warring unions at Lonmin, and to resolve their power struggle.
SA Labour inspectors will concentrate in 2014 on retail employers found wanting in labour law compliance, according to current statistics.
SA Labour minister Mildred Oliphant explained her efforts towards labour relations stability, in a speech of June 24, posted here.