Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail
if you don't have a health and safety representative.
Here's how to avoid it...
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If you have 20 or more people working for you, you must appoint a Health, Safety and Environment Representative (HSE reps). If you don’t, the Department of labour (DoL) could slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail… Or BOTH!
But, unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just picking someone.
In fact, every day I receive tens of questions from bewildered managers trying to figure out how to choose HSE reps, how to train them and what documents they need to keep. Like this question I received from one of my subscribers…
“I need to draw up a policy document for the election of health and safety representatives. Should we agree on criteria, e. g. the period of appointment, the ability to read and write? Should we send the individual for external training?”
You must include the following info in your policy document:
The election process (nominations, election process and formats);
Criteria for the representative, i.e. legal criteria ;
Period of appointment;
Health and safety representative responsibilities;
Your sanctions should he fail to fulfil his responsibilities, i.e. inspections not done, procedure not followed, committee meeting not attended;
Procedure should he want to resign as health and safety representative;
Minimum training requirements, i.e. health and safety representative training, covering legal requirements and responsibility-related training;
Further training, i.e. incident investigation, hazard identification and risk assessments;
Re-election and appointment; and
Any specific requirements the health and safety committee and company management decides
But having a policy document is just one aspect of the many challenges and questions that come with the necessity of having a HSE rep. I get countless questions like:
How do I hold fair, DoL recognised election for the HSE representative?
What must I train my HSE representative in?
How many HSE reps must you have?
How many HSE representatives must I elect?
Who must choose your HSE rep?
So, I convinced my publisher to let me compile an all-you-need, legislatively complete guide on HSE reps. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know including:
3 Ways to choose an HSE representative
You have responsibilities too: 10 Manager safety responsibilities you need to know about
9 Things every HSE representative’s must do
The only DoL recognised way to train your HSE rep
And so much more!
The How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide e-report is compiled by the same team that brought you the Health and Safety Advisor with over 49 years of combined knowledge in health and safety (see side box).
It gives detailed, clear answers to all your questions about HSE reps.
Now you can easily and effortlessly fulfil your legal obligations while making your company a safer place with the help of the How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide e-report.
And to make your life even easier, we’re adding the following with your e-report…
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When you’re dealing with HSE reps, there are many documents you’ll need to have for various reasons. Creating legally binding documents can be a lot of work but now you don’t have to worry.
Along with your copy of the How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide e-report, we give you six essential document templates that’ll make appointing and managing a HSE rep a breeze. You’ll get legally-compliant versions of the:
Voting List for Nominee Form
Ballot Voting Sheet
Notification of Success Form
Letter of Appointment
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Yours in Safety,
FSP Business Publisher
P.S. Do you know the answers to these questions?:
Who has to choose your HSE rep?
How many HSE reps must you have?
How must train your HSE rep?
Get the answers to these and many more questions regarding HSE representatives in the How to appoint the best HSE representatives – your complete guide e-report!
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