Up-to-date Safety News http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:45:35 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Compensation Fund (CF) tells Portfolio Committee of progress on its Action Plan http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2519-compensation-fund-cf-tells-portfolio-committee-of-progress-on-its-action-plan http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2519-compensation-fund-cf-tells-portfolio-committee-of-progress-on-its-action-plan

 

Compensation Fund (CF) tells Portfolio Committee of progress on its Action Plan

 

The Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund briefed the Portfolio Committee on Labour on progress made with regard to the implementation of its  action plan recorded on November last year.

 

Vuyo Mafata, CF Commissioner, gave responses to the committee on highlights which include:

 

1. Financial Administration

  • Implementation of Employer Discount: A total of R211 million has been credited back to employer accounts.

  • Correction of Interest and Penalties: This has enabled the fund to correct R2, 4 billion that had been credited as income erroneously during prior years.  

  • Improving Debt Collection & Completeness and Accuracy of Revenue: The project was completed during March 2016 with the correction of key-off on debtors’ transactions. This project was linked to the Interest and penalties project as the implementation of both projects enabled the Fund to correct the debtors’ balances.

  • Financial Policies implemented: The Fund has developed a total of 20 new policies that were approved in November 2015 and are being utilised.

  • Capacitating the Chief Directorate Financial Management and reduce dependency on consultants. The Fund has created a position of Project Manager: Financial Management which will be used to provide support to the Finance unit in dealing with the accounting issues and implementation of Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) Findings. In addition to the creation of the post, three Senior Managers in Finance have been replaced in an effort to strengthen the capacity within the Fund. Managers replaced are in the Financial Reporting, Revenue Management and Financial Control unit. 

 

2. Customer Focus and Service Delivery Improvement

  •   Effective Supply of Chronic Medication to COID Patients: A total of 552 new chronic medication clients are enrolled into the programme, and the existing clients are enrolled as their existing prescriptions expire.

  •   Rehabilitation and Return to Work Policy Strategies: A Rehabilitation Strategy has been developed in order to implement the Rehabilitation policy. There are discussions taking place with public health care institutions to pilot the implementation of a rehabilitation pilot project.

  • Deal effectively with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cases. A panel consisting of experts in the medical field was appointed by the Minister to assist the Fund in dealing with these cases. The panel has developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Policy that will be published during Quarter 2 of 2017/18. This policy will provide direction on how these claims are to be adjudicated making the process quicker and easier.

 

3. Internal Business Process and Administration

  •   Core business value chain: A new reorganised structure in the Fund comprising of three core business units, Compensation Benefits and Pensions, Medical Benefits and Rehabilitation & Orthotic Services. Processes are under way to implement the structure and fill the posts with the relevant specialised skills.

  • Improved rate of processing compensation benefits and medical claims: The Fund has implemented measures to improve the rate at which the benefits are processed and paid. In addition to the technology interventions, the Fund has appointed 90 former interns who have now been absorbed into the Fund to work on current and legacy claims that have not been attended to ensure the clients provide the outstanding information for processing of their claims.  We have put together a team that travels to the provincial offices to monitor the performance of the provinces and provide technical assistance in areas relating to claims and employer registrations. At the end of May 2017 seven medical doctors had been appointed to head up operations at Head Office, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.  Positions of medical officers, medical case coordinators and disability managers have also been filled in the different provinces and head office.

  

For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

13 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:12:43 +0000
Grayston Bridge inquiry to resume in September http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2513-grayston-bridge-inquiry-to-resume-in-september http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2513-grayston-bridge-inquiry-to-resume-in-september

 

Grayston Bridge inquiry to resume in September

 

1 September 2017

 

The much ‘anticipated M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry which was postponed in August last year is to resume in Pretoria on September 26.

 

The event will take place at the Pretoria Labour Centre offices, Concillium Building at the corner of Nana Sita and Thabo Sehume. The sitting will start at 9am.

 

The inquiry, which is being held in terms of section 32 of the Occupation, Health and Safety Act, was instituted by the Department following the collapse of the M1 pedestrian and cyclist bridge on October 14, 2015, resulting in the death of two people and injury to 19 others.

 

The inquiry seeks to establish the cause of the accident. It is being conducted by Lennie Samuel after being instituted by the Department of labour Chief inspector Tibor Szana.

 

Stakeholders include:

(a)   The Johannesburg Municipality as the client

(b)   Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) as the agent.

(c)   Murray and Roberts Infrastructure (MR) as the principal contractor appointed by JDA.

(d)   Form – Scaff as a contractor appointed by Murray and Roberts

 

Already a number of expert witnesses have been called, among them:

(a)   Roelf J.M an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts.

(b)   Richard Beneke, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts.

(c)   Ric Snowden, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts

(d)    Stefanus Francois van Zyl, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts

(e)   Garry Farrow, an expert witness of Form Scaff.

 

It is expected that more witnesses will be called and that the inquiry will conclude its business at the end of September, 2018.

 

For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:10:14 +0000
Update: Occupational Health and Safety Act: Regulations: Inclusion of noise monitoring by means of personal dosimetry in Regulation 7 of the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulations http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2509-update-occupational-health-and-safety-act-regulations-inclusion-of-noise-monitoring-by-means-of-personal-dosimetry-in-regulation-7-of-the-noise-induced-hearing-loss-regulations http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2509-update-occupational-health-and-safety-act-regulations-inclusion-of-noise-monitoring-by-means-of-personal-dosimetry-in-regulation-7-of-the-noise-induced-hearing-loss-regulations

Update: Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993)

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act: Regulations: Inclusion of noise monitoring by means of personal dosimetry in Regulation 7 of the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulations

 

Link to download of the notice: R.889 of 2017

 

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:06:00 +0000
Update: Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2508-update-occupational-health-and-safety-act-and-regulations-85-1993-1 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2508-update-occupational-health-and-safety-act-and-regulations-85-1993-1

Update: Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993)

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act: Regulations: General safety: Applications to provide first aid training must be accompanied by valid accreditation certificate

 

The Chief Inspector of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, has published a notice of direction to all applications for approval from a person or organisation who wants to provide First Aid training approved by the Chief Inspector, with a valid accreditation certificate issued by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

 

The providers that is already registered with the Department of Labour, will after the promulgation of this notice, be granted 12 months to be accredited with Quality Assurance Bodies.

 

All service providers who fail to register within the given period will be automatically be de-registered from the Department of Labour database and will no longer be recognized as legitimate service providers.

 

This notice is an amendment to the previous notice issued on the 30 September 2016.

 

Link to download of the notice: R.827 of 2017

 

Tinus Boshoff

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:15:00 +0000
COID Update, Increase in Monthly Pensions 2017, Increase of Maximum Amount of Earnings 2017, Schedule 4 (2017) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2506-coid-update-increase-in-monthly-pensions-2017-increase-of-maximum-amount-of-earnings-2017-schedule-4-2017 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2506-coid-update-increase-in-monthly-pensions-2017-increase-of-maximum-amount-of-earnings-2017-schedule-4-2017

 

Amendments to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act and Regulations (130/1993)

 

a) Increase of Maximum Amount of Earnings on which the Assessment of an Employer shall be Calculated

Click here to download: R.814 of 2017 (G.G.41026)

 

b) Increase in Monthly Pensions (130/1993) R.815 of 2017 (G.G.41026 - 04 August 2017)

Click here to download: R.816 of 2017 (G.G.41026)

 

c) Amendment of Schedule 4

Click here to download: R.755 of 2017 (G.G.41009)

 

For more information please contact Tinus Boshoff at tinus@labourguide.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:54:24 +0000
Health and Safety: Guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2474-health-and-safety-guidelines-to-the-construction-regulations-2014 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2474-health-and-safety-guidelines-to-the-construction-regulations-2014

Health and Safety: Guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014

 

Dear reader

 

Please take note of the newly published guidelines to the Construction Regulations, 2014.

 

The Minister of Labour has under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, made the regulations in the Schedule.

 

Link to Guidelines (R.489 of 2017)

 

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:13:39 +0000
Dr Adams found guilty of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2456-dr-adams-found-guilty-of-defrauding-department-of-labour-s-compensation-fund http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2456-dr-adams-found-guilty-of-defrauding-department-of-labour-s-compensation-fund

 

Dr Adams found guilty of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund

 

Dr David Michael Adams (41) was today found guilty by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court of defrauding the Department of Labour entity, the Compensation Fund (CF) of R396 660-00.

 

Dr Adams was found guilty of contravention of section six of prevention of organised crime act, and also guilty of theft.

 

The fraud doctor was facing 29 counts of contravening Section 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, and 29 counts of theft. Dr Adams pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court in September 2016.

 

The defence in the matter closed its case without leading evidence, alleging that the State based its case on suspicion.

 

Delivering sentencing Magistrate Ms Ncube said the State found witnesses reliable in their testimony.

 

Dr Adams is said to have received unlawful payments from the Compensation Fund, and was arrested in 2010. During his arrest Dr Adams was running his practice in the North West. Despite being offered an opportunity to repay back the money, before his arrest Dr Adams failed to accept the offer and opted to use the money for personal use.

 

Dr Adams is out on a warning and his sentencing proceedings will begin on May 11.

 

The Asset Forfeiture Unit has in terms of Section 18 applied for order to ascertain the extent of Dr Adams benefits of ill-gotten gains.

 

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the administration of Department of Labour. The CF provides cover to workers injured and/or who contract diseases at work.

 

For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane

Department of Labour Spokesperson 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:08:49 +0000
Proposed Driven Machinery Regulations Incorporation of the Code of Practice for Zip Line (Occupational Health and Safety Act; Act 85 of 1993) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2432-proposed-driven-machinery-regulations-incorporation-of-the-code-of-practice-for-zip-line-occupational-health-and-safety-act-act-85-of-1993 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2432-proposed-driven-machinery-regulations-incorporation-of-the-code-of-practice-for-zip-line-occupational-health-and-safety-act-act-85-of-1993

Proposed Driven Machinery Regulations Incorporation of the Code of Practice for Zip Line (Occupational Health and Safety Act; Act 85 of 1993)

 

Health and Safety Update 

 

The Chief Inspector of Labour intends, in terms of section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety to incorporate the code of practice for zip line into the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015.

 

Interested persons are invited to submit any substantiated comments or representations on the proposed code of practice to the Director General, Department of Labour, Private Bag x117, Pretoria, 0001 (for the attention of the Chief Inspector: Occupational Health and Safety), within 90 days of publication of this notice.

 

Click here to download the Code of Practice for Zip Line

 

Greetings

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:52:27 +0000
Health and Safety Reminder (R.641 of 2015) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2413-health-and-safety-reminder-r-641-of-2015 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2413-health-and-safety-reminder-r-641-of-2015

Health and Safety Reminder (R.641 of 2015)

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) – Notice Regarding Application for Construction Work Permit of Construction Work

 

This serves as a reminder that Government Notice 39025 of 24/07/2015; which set out the staggered parameters for the requirements for a Construction Work Permit and, by implication, the requirement for a Client to appoint a Pr CHS Agent.

 

Phase two of the parameters came into effect on 7 February 2017.

 

“A client who intends to have construction work carried out, must at least 30 days before that work is to be carried out apply to the provincial director in writing for a construction work permit to perform construction work if the intended construction work starts on or after the 7th of February 2017 and the works contract is of a value exceeding forty million rand or Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grading level 8”.

 

As such, a Construction Permit and an Agent are required on any project commencing after 7 February 2017 which exceeds forty million rand or Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grading level 8”.

 

Greetings

 

Tinus Boshoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:39:49 +0000
Health and Safety Update (R.94 of 2017) http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2409-health-and-safety-update-r-94-of-2017 http://www.labourguide.co.za/up-to-date-safety-news/2409-health-and-safety-update-r-94-of-2017

Health and Safety Update (R.94 of 2017)

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993) – Code of Practice for Existing Goods Hoists Installations, Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010

 

The Chief Inspector in terms of Section 27(1) of the said Act, and by virtue of the powers delegated to him by the Minister of Labour in terms of section 42(1) of the Act, after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, has, under section 44 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act No. 85 of 1993), as amended, incorporated the "Code of practice for existing goods hoists installations" (Installed prior 30 September 2015) that were previously regulated under the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2008 into Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010.

 

Greetings

 

 

 

 

 

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smclaassen@labourguide.co.za (Fanie) Up-to-date Safety News Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:31:33 +0000