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  • 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…

  • OSHA Issues Crane Operator Safety Rule

    OSHA has announced a final rule aimed at clarifying requirements for crane requirements. The rule maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment and maintains safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens. Companies are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned …Read more…

  • 9 Ways to Drive Safe Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

    More than 400 people will lose their lives over the weekend. Preliminary projections from the National Safety Council (NSC) show 433 people may be fatally injured and another 49,400 seriously hurt in auto accidents over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday. In 2017, Thanksgiving was the second deadliest holiday for drivers and …Read more…

  • Sincerely Stefanie: Don't Be Like Charlie Brown's Teacher

    You remember that class: Napping 101 (although it was more than likely a more academically-focused subject). You would stroll in just in time, or maybe a couple minutes late, knowing the next hour would be the perfect time to sleep. The teacher’s words went in one ear and out the …Read more…

  • SLC 2018: 5 Ways to Facilitate Innovation

    Leadership in an organization should encourage workers to create. Good leaders have the responsibility to demonstrate and establish expectations, especially when it comes to creating an innovative culture to solve organizational issues. J.A. Rodriquez, Raytheon global senior leader of EHSS and VPPPA chairman, closed out EHS Today’s 2018 Safety Leadership …Read more…

  • Are You Ready to Go Digital?

    How much time do you spend thinking about artificial intelligence? Does implementing virtual reality appear anywhere on your “to-do” list? What’s your strategy for using predictive analytics? What about blockchain or robotics or drones or the Internet of Things? While you might think that investigating these kinds of disruptive technologies …Read more…

  • The VASB Age: Should project management Step-in or Stay-out of it?

    14 November 2018 / 9:00“There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo The VASB (Virtual reality, Artificial intelligence, Social media, Big data) age tech-evolution is redefining the human existence as societies, working patterns, and thinking and behaviors are transforming in the gasp of …Read more…

  • SLC 2018: Safety Leaders Should Be at the Cybersecurity Table

    Safety and cybersecurity are interconnected in the manufacturing environment Security breaches can trip systems that stop machinery or alert operators in the event of a problem, damaging equipment, placing people at risk—even causing environmental calamities. Yet at many manufacturers, the safety and information technology teams do not effectively collaborate. “If …Read more…

  • What You Need to Know about California’s New Warning Regulations

        If you live in or visit California, you may have noticed that nearly every building has a sign that reads, “Warning: This area contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.” These warning signs are the product of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic …Read more…

  • Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Products

    Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Products As of Nov. 5, 2018, 164 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 35 states, and 63 people have been hospitalized. One death has been reported from California. Nov 13, 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and …Read more…

  • SLC 2018: Workplace Bullying is a Safety Issue

    Bullying, harrassment and violence (BHV) are safety issues in the workplace, even though they normally fall to human resource departments. I. David Daniels, president and CEO of ID2 Solutions, explained the safety professional’s role when it comes to protecting workers from violence on the job at the 2018 Safety Leadership …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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