Health and Safety Consultants

Health and Safety Consultants

What is the function of a health and safety consultant?

Health and Safety Consultants assist the client with the implementation and maintenance of a documented health and safety management system .

The consultant is appointed as a consultant and do not relieve the employer of any statutory requirements or duties as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and all other applicable legislation.

consultant (from Latinconsultare “to deliberate”) is a professional who provides expert advice[1] in a particular area such as security (electronic or physical), managementeducationaccountancylawhuman resourcesmarketing (and public relations), financehealth careengineeringscience or any of many other specialized fields.

In terms of the OHS Act under section 37 , a consultant is a contractor or mandatary and will need to comply with the requirements of the law.

Health and Safety  Consultants must be experts in the OHS field with extensive experience in various industries e.g:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Mining

It is advisable to screen your health and safety consultant before you appoint him/ her. Things to look for is :

  • Qualifications– the person must have a qualification in occupational health and safety from a recognised and accredited training provider. Make sure the consultant is competent and experienced in your field or industry.
  • Company Registrations-the consultant must have a registered company with a registration from CIPC. Also check if the consultant is registered for tax and if he / she is in good standing. The consultant company must provide proof of COID registration , and must have a valid LOGS .
  • Statutory Registrations – the consultant must be registered and in good standing with SACPCMP   if you are in the construction industry. Make sure the consultant is registered at the appropriate level based on your scope of work, the risk profile and  appointment. Developers and clients must employ a registered Pr.Construction Health and Safety Agent or Manager . A principal Contractor must employ a Pr. Construction Health and Safety Manager / Officer .
  • Insurance– the consultant must have professional indemnity insurance  as well as public liability insurance 

When you employ a consultant to draft a safety file for a project, the consultant must be appointed as the CR8.5 safety officer ( where required ), this means the health and safety consultant must visit the site , conduct site inspections and do reports . A consultant cannot be appointed in a safety file if the client/ contractor does not intend to employ the consultant to do the site visits/ inspections and other services as agreed upon by both parties .

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What is a safety agent?

What is a safety agent?

A client may appoint a Construction Health and Safety Agent or Construction Health and Safety Manager based on the scope and risk profile of construction work to represent him/her on matters of health and safety. Provided that, where the question arises as to whether a Construction Health Safety Agent or a Construction Health and Safety Manager is necessary, the decision of an inspector is decisive.- As amended :Construction Regulations  02 June 2017

The Health and Safety Agent means a competent person who acts as representative for a client.

Construction Regulation 5(5)

Where a construction work permit is required as contemplated in regulation 3(1), the client must, without derogating from his or her health and safety responsibilities or liabilities, appoint a competent person in writing as an agent to act as his or her representative, and where such an appointment is made the duties that are imposed by these Regulations upon a client, apply as far as reasonably practicable to the agent so appointed.
(6) Where notification of construction work is required as contemplated in regulation 4(1), the client may, without derogating from his or her health and safety responsibilities or liabilities, appoint a competent person in writing as an agent to act as his or her representative, and where such an appointment is made the duties that are imposed by these Regulations upon a client, apply as far as reasonably practicable to the agent so appointed: Provided that, where the question arises as to whether an agent is necessary, the decision of an inspector is decisive.
(7) An agent contemplated in subregulations (5) and (6) must—
(a) manage the health and safety on a construction project for the client; and
(b) be registered with a statutory body approved by the Chief Inspector as qualified to perform the required functions;

 

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We assist all clients and developers with legal compliance on projects, by acting as the Clients Health and Safety  Agent. We deliver our services  at the lowest rates in the industry, without compromising on service or quality.

Some of the services we offer include :

  • Construction Work Permit Applications
  • Drafting of the Client Health and Safety Specifications
  • Drafting  of Project Baseline Risk Assessments
  • Drafting of Mandatary Agreements
  • Drafting of Contractor Appointments
  • Approval of Contractors Health and Safety Plans
  • Monthly Site Inspections and reports
  • Monthly Legal Compliance Audits on all Principal Contractors
  • Prepare OHS compliance report
  • Prepare Project Close out reports

We are SACPCMP registered and our CHSA services is in line with the SACPCMP -CHSA Scope of services.

The bottom line – we do not charge enormous monthly fees, we are professional and will keep your project and contractors legally compliant. 

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