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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…

  • You'll Shoot Your Eye Out: 5 Tips for Holiday Eye Safety

    The number of serious injuries due to improper toy gun use has risen drastically over the past 23 years. A Christmas Story is a not only an nostalgic holiday movie, but it also is a lesson in safety. The iconic scene in which Ralphie shoots his eye out despite repeated …Read more…

  • Occupational Exposures within Cannabis Manufacturing

    The astounding rate at which the cannabis industry is growing is leaving a large compliance gap on the occupational health and safety front, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The agency, a subset of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently visited a medical …Read more…

  • Servant Leadership – a new style for leading project teams?

    17 December 2018 / 8:00In 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf already set forth the idea of “The Servant as Leader” in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. A Servant Leader should be focused on “Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, …Read more…

  • EPA Reaches Proposed Settlement with Tradebe Treatment and Recycling Northeast

    Three years after an initial investigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a settlement with Tradebe Treatment and Recycling Northeast LLC. According to the agency, the waste reclamation and recycling solutions violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA) at the company’s hazardous waste treatment, storage …Read more…

  • The Tribal Knowledge of Safety

    I was interviewing two employees during a safety assessment for a midstream petrochemical company. One employee was obviously older and the other was quite young. I asked the older gentleman what his major concern was for safety in his job and he responded that he had worked accident-free for 30 …Read more…

  • Seven Requirements for Leadership

    While cleaning out an old file from my days serving on the advisory board at the Tauber Manufacturing Institute, University of Michigan, I found some notes I’d used to discuss with the students the responsibilities of leaders. The message is as true today at it was then for today’s aspiring …Read more…

  • Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

    The EPA on Dec. 11 proposed a new Clean Water Rule which replaces the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they …Read more…

  • Warm Up Your Workforce Using Hierarchy of Controls

    Frosty weather forecasts and frigid wind chill warnings send many people to their closets for another layer of clothing. For employees who work outdoors in cold weather, more foresight, protection and preparation is required. Frostbite, chilblains, hypothermia and trench foot are just a few of the hazards that cold weather …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…

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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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