What does a Health and Safety Representative do?
In , Health and Safety Representatives are required to be designated in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in workplaces where the employer employs more than 20 employees. Health and Safety Representatives often act as the liaison between senior management and employees, and may be responsible for, among other things:
· Assisting the Health and Safety Officer.
· Attending Health and Safety Committee meetings.
· Identifying hazards and risks in the workplace.
· Listening to and investigating OHS-related complaints from employees.
· Assisting with the investigation of accidents that occur in the workplace.
· Making OHS-related suggestions to senior management and/or the Health and Safety Officer.
What does a Health and Safety Officer do?
· Developing, implementing, and improving the health and safety plans, programs and procedures in the workplace.
· Ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.
· Identifying OHS-related training needs in the workplace.
· Conducting safety inspections and risk assessments.
· Investigating workplace accidents.
· Reporting on OHS-related activities.
Do Safety Officer and the Health and Safety Representatives work as a team?
Yes, these roles work together to ensure that all the relevant health and safety laws and regulations are complied with in the workplace, and that the working environment is conducive to the health and safety of the employees and any other parties that may be present in the workplace (e.g. clients, customers, or contractors)
Need a Safety Officer?
We offer the placing of Health and Safety Officers onsite to perform the main health and safety duties At your workplace or construction sites. He or she is responsible for ensuring that there is a safe working environment for employees and other relevant parties and also ensures that all relevant OHS duties are fulfilled.