Health and Safety files -We assist clients and contractors with the set-up and implementation.
- We supply health and safety files to comply with new CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS 2014.
- Our safety files will be compiled according to the contractors scope of work and the clients health and safety specifications.
- The health and safety file contains all legal documentation, including legal appointments, registers, toolbox talks, etc.
- Our consultants will assist to implement the file and explain how to maintain it.
- We will draft a site specific Safety Plan, we will ensure that the Client approves the plan and will assist the contractor if any changes are required.
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What is a health and safety file?
A Health and Safety File, otherwise known as a ‘Contractor Safety File’ is a record of information focusing on the management of health and safety on construction sites for contractors and sub-contractors. It protects the employer from criminal liability and proves compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
What does the South African LAW say about a Health and Safety File?
Every contractor and sub-contractor is required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and the Construction Regulations 2014, to have a Health and Safety File that must be available at all times. The Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and Construction Regulations 2014 state the following:
Construction Regulation 3(6)– A client must ensure that the principle contractor keeps a copy of the construction work permit contemplated in sub regulation (1) in the occupational health and safety file for inspection by an inspector, the client, the client’s authorized agent, or an employee;
Construction Regulation 5(1)(s) – The client must ensure that health and safety file contemplated in regulation 7(1)(b) is kept and maintained by the principle contractor;
Construction Regulation 7(1)(b) –A principle contractor must open and keep on site a health and safety file which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or a contractor.
The Health and Safety File must be maintained by the site safety personnel and audited by a competent person.