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In this month’s issue

  • The Department of Labour has published draft regulations on 14 September 2018 to replace the current Hazardous Substances Regulations and invited the public to comment within 90 days. [UPDATE] 1 October 2018 at 21:00 – An anonymous reader brought it under our attention that there …Read More…

  • I have been inundated by calls from clients on the impact of the Constitutional Court ruling on Cannabis and what employers should do next. I will briefly explain the implications of this somewhat controversial topic. The ban on private possession, consumption and private cultivation of …Read More…

  • In the wake of recent data breach incidents, it is imperative that businesses give the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (Act) their full attention, even though the substantive provisions of the Act are not yet in force. This is borne …Read More…

  • The Department of Labour announced it has started conducting its own investigations into recent two major incidents that led to the deaths of workers. Department of Labour Director-General, Thobile Lamati, told the Media at an Open Day event discussing a wide range of issues in …Read More…

  • Cape Town – Sheqafrica.com in partnership with SHEConcepts and Safetyworx Risk Management, launched a brand new website in October 2018 called Safety Officer OnCall360. The new website showcase SHE Practitioners and Consultants in South Africa available for contracts and assignments and is the first of …Read More…

  • Kentucky Dump Truck Fatalities Prompt Hazard Alert

    The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has issued recommendations for dump truck safety after researching the prevalence of incidents. Over the past five years, the United States has experienced at least one fatal dump truck incident per day, accord to KIPRC. The hazard alert addresses the issue and provides the …Read more…

  • 7 Ways to Stay Healthy and Safe During Business Travel Over the Holidays

    End-of-year business travel can be strain when trying to maintain a work-life balance during the holidays. As millions hit the roads or travel by air, health and safety is easily forgotten during the hectic holiday rush. Hyryde, powered by Reliance, has released an infographic with details about how to prepare for …Read more…

  • Vocabulary ISO/TR 21506 published

    12 December 2018 / 9:00The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through its Technical Committee (TC) 258 “Project, programme and portfolio management” recently has published the ISO/TR 21506 “Project, programme and portfolio management – Vocabulary”. It describes terms that are used in documents authored by ISO/TC 258, and that meet any …Read more…

  • Cal/OSHA Cites Empire Equipment Services After Trench Fatality

    Riverside, Calif.-based Empire Equipment Services is facing $66,000 in serious workplace safety violations after a trench collapse killed a worker. On May 9, two Empire Equipment Services employees were installing sewer pipes at a Lake Forest residential construction site when a 30-foot-wide section of the trench’s sidewall sloughed and collapsed. One worker was …Read more…

  • Prepare Your Workforce for Winter

    With the advent of winter comes a host of safety, health and legal issues that employers need to address before the weather worsens and temperatures drop to dangerous levels. Attorneys for the law firm of Fisher Phillips recently identified four risks that need attention: how to limit risks associated with …Read more…

  • OSHA Proposes Rule to Clarify Beryllium Standard

    OSHA is seeking feedback regarding its beryllium standard for general industry. The agency has issued a proposed rule to revise the standard. The changes would be designed to clarify the standard and to simplify or improve compliance. Selected paragraphs of the standard would be amended including “Definitions,” “Methods of Compliance,” “Personal …Read more…

  • Second Life: Why does it matter in project management?

    10 December 2018 / 9:54The virtual reality (VR) is no more a fad or a gimmick, but a way of life. Multiple reports on the growth of VR market landscape substantiate such an assertion.  An Orbis research report predicts strong growth for VR market, suggesting it could surpass USD40 billion …Read more…

  • Making Safety Smart

    The era of “smart buildings” is here, bringing new opportunities for significant gains in efficiency, safety and environmental protection. Let’s look at the impact of smart buildings on fire detection and what it means for organizations planning new facilities. To begin, let’s recognize that the term “smart buildings” means different …Read more…

  • Does Amazon Care About Worker Safety?

    Amazon employees attend safety school and receive ergonomic assessments, and each of the company’s facilities has a “robust safety program,” according to the multi-billion dollar e-commerce giant. Despite these claims, the online retailer is known for a pattern of worker fatalities, numerous injuries and claims of unsafe working conditions. The …Read more…

  • 9 Ways to Address Increasing Drug Overdose and Suicide Rates

    Despite efforts to help individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues, drug overdose and suicide increased last year. The substance abuse crisis in the United States shows no signs of slowing down despite increased regulations and efforts from legislators, communities and companies. Drug overdose death rates were higher in …Read more…

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  • The Cannabis Judgment will have occupational health and safety implications. In view of the fact that the judgment effectively allows employees to lawfully consume cannabis in private, the question that arises is how employers are going to comply with their onerous general duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (“the OHS …read more…

  • The issue of cannabis in the workplace may have employers wondering what to do about employees who want to exercise their newly acquired rights as adults to – “…use or cultivate or possess cannabis in private for his her personal consumption”. Constitutional Court The Con-Court has declared that it’s perfectly legal to “consume” cannabis – …read more…

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