Please note that the Minister of Employment and 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 OHS, made the regulations in the schedule. The Ergonomics Regulations Act will come into operation on the date of publication in the Gazette.
The Ergonomics Regulations, 2019 (No. R. 1589) were promulgated on Friday 6th December 2019 in Government Gazette No. 42894 by the Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr TW Nxesi, under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993).
The attached Gazette is linked for ease of reference.
Very interesting Lynel.
This would mean that every employer needs to understand the content of this document and understand their duties and obligations to every employee within their control.
This coupled with existing duties of the ACT will force every employer to start recognising the fact that the safety of every employee is paramount.
Further, the act has called for safety officers/ safety committees to be formed and this be managed by the appointment of these persons into these roles.
Is this being done or not?
Safety to employees should be every Employer’s first priority! I am not sure if Employers have implemented and followed through as yet. Very little gets talked about this. In fact, the safety of employees always become a topic of discussion once something happens and there are casualties (which should be avoided at all times). I hope Employers will be following the amendments, compliance and regulations accordingly and ensure that each and every employee’s safety is their first priority.