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2019 COID Policy Renewals Roadshow – CLASS XIII

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As a valued client in the Metals and Engineering Industry, in preparation for the Class XIII COID Policy Renewals for 2019, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our policy renewals session.

At the renewals roadshow, you will get all the information you need on how to renew your COID policydeclare your earnings and update us on your latest staff complement.

Event Details:

 

Date Venue RSVP
 

18 February 2019

Cape Town

Crystal Towers Hotel

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town.

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18 February 2019 Durban

Gateway Hotel

Corner Centenary Boulevard & Twilight Drive, Gateway, Durban.

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19 February 2019 East London

Premier Hotel East London International Convention Centre.

Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront, East London.

 

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19 February 2019 Port Elizabeth

Protea Hotel Marine, Port Elizabeth

Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

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20 February 2019 George

Protea Hotel by Marriott George King

King George Drive, King George Park, George.

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21 – 22 February 2019 Johannesburg

Emperors Palace

16 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

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25 February 2019 Pretoria

Premier Hotel

573 Church Street, Acadia, Pretoria.

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25 February 2019 Emalahleni

Fortis Hotel Highveld

Cnr Wolermade and Mandela Street, Emalahleni.

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25 February 2019 Welkom

Goldfields Casino

Cnr Stateway and Buiten Road,Goldfields Plaza, Welkom.

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25 February 2019 Rustenburg

Protea Hotel by Marriot

R24 Rustenburg, Krugersdorp Road, Rustenburg.

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26 February 2019 Bloemfontein

Protea Hotel By Marriott

202 Nelson Mandela Drive, Brandwag, Bloemfontein.

 

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26 February 2019 Roodepoort

Silverstar Casino

R28, Muldersdrift, Mogale City.

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26 February 2019 Polokwane

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort

25 km south of Polokwane on the N1 R101, Farm Hollands Drift.

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Who should attend

HR Managers, Business Owners, SHEQ Managers, HR Officers, Policy Administrators, anyone who processes company COID payments and IODs (Injury on Duty).

For enquiries, please email us at RMATraining@randmutual.co.za

We look forward to seeing you.

Atrocious Safety Health Awareness

Atrocious Safety Health Awareness Drives Confusion and Mis-Information in Health and Safety

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Huge Reputational Risk for Companies in Metals and Engineering Sector

Protection of employees from occupational injuries and illness is one of the most underrated aspects in corporate governance and ethics. Despite some impressive examples of effective health safety systems, some medium-sized and smaller companies exist in a state of confusion and hear-say when it comes to health and safety, hence they struggle to protect their employees from workplace risk exposures.

According to national occupational injuries and fatalities statistics, the metals and engineering sector has the second highest number of fatalities in the country. Although SEIFSA keeps its membership informed on occupational health and safety requirements, our efforts are limited to members of our Associations.  To this end, says SEIFSA Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Executive Nonhlalo Mphofu, a comprehensive and integrated education campaign is needed urgently.

A reactive approach to health and safety is the major cause of high occupational accident rates. Mphofu likens this approach to fighting fires in the wind. When fatalities occur, the lives of their loved ones are irreparably damaged –  all because businesses treat safety as a “common sense” issue, and not as something that needs to be scientifically practised every day and implemented proactively and consistently by everyone.

Some organisations emphasize “transactional safety”, such as wearing proper footwear and personal protective clothing (PPE), and heeding workplace signs and notices. However, our tolerance levels for occupation health and safety (OHS) risks that could make a difference in the lives of individuals and families are high.  In order to provide minimal protection for employees, it is absolutely necessary to understand the legal framework applicable to workplace risks. This includes the Occupational Health and Safety Act,  the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) and even the Road Accident Fund, in some unique instances.

Atrocious Safety Health Awareness

There are many incidents that fly under the radar because the capacity in the Department of Labour’s inspectorate in South Africa is inadequate. The weak inspection and enforcement system has worsened complacency owing to less fear of consequences.  Following media coverage of the recent fire at the Bank of Lisbon Building in Johannesburg recently, Mphofu was shocked to note what so-called safety experts had to say about the incident afterwards. She summarised the narrative into three points:

  1. There was a general lack of knowledge about the legal obligations of role players within the workplace;
  2. Very few people had an informed view of the health and safety representatives and health and safety committees in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  3. Hardly anyone referred to fire safety requirements in terms of the City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Services By-laws.

In light of the negative impact of workplace accidents on productivity and the bottom line, it is crucial for companies to view health and safety compliance as a value add rather than a mere cost centre. Zero tolerance to occupational injuries and illness must be the over-arching theme for any health and safety culture.

Below Are 10 Questions to Evaluate your OHS Performance:

  1. Has applicable OHS legislation, including municipal bye-laws, been identified and made available for reference?
  2. Have workplace hazards and risks been identified and are they regularly reviewed?
  3. Have measures to mitigate risks been established, and are those measures monitored for effectiveness?
  4. Are health and safety committee meetings being held regularly and are records of recommendations maintained?
  5. Has relevant health and safety training been provided to employees, supervisors, managers, health and safety representatives, health and safety committees, 16.2 Appointees, First Aiders and Fire Fighters?
  6. Are Planned Job Observations performed as reasonably required?
  7. Are near-misses recorded and investigated?
  8. Are emergency procedures in place and drills regularly performed?
  9. Are accident reporting procedures in place and in line with the OHS Act and COID Act?
  10. Do you conduct internal annual compliance audits?

Failure to comply with the requirements of either the OHS Act or COID Act can result in fines, penalties and imprisonment.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety systems, organisations must not only investigate accidents involving injury, illness or loss of life, but also seriously investigate all near-misses and nearhits. According to the Frank Bird’s triangle, by the time a fatality occurs, there would have been 600 near misses (that is 600 opportunities to prevent that fatality)

In order to embrace risk-based thinking, near-misses must be seen as opportunities for improvement through mapping out and implemented preventive measures. Top management must monitor such reporting systems and prevent them from deteriorating into witch-hunts or name-and-blame situations.  To this end, organisations must have policies to protect employees who report incidents and near-misses from victimization by fellow employees or line managers.

The SEIFSA SHEQ Division offers various support to industry though general consultancy on workplace health and safety matters and Occupational Health and Safety systems (ISO 45001: 2018) development. Further to that, we also offer the following training and workshops to keep our audiences knowledgeable and compliance ready:

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