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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How much does a Safety File Cost?

How much does a Safety File Cost?

How much does a Safety File Cost? this is the first question someone ask when they phone me.

Health and Safety File prices differ drastically from one company to the next. So How much is a Safety File? Well that depends on the company you choose to work with. There are no set prices for a health and safety file. The price is determined by the consultant you use for the file. We have seen prices from between R1000 – R20000. The price would also depend on the size of the project and the risks involved .You should be careful to simply use the cheapest contractor. Make sure that your consultant is competent and SACPCMP registered A safety file is a very important part of your project and you definitely don’t want to compromise on quality or face legal compliance issues, delays and non-payments.

How much does a Safety File cost? should not be the first question being asked, but rather are you a competent ,SACPCMP registered individual? 

The point is , it is not always the best decision to use the cheapest consultant because you did not budget for a safety file

Every contractor is required to present to the client a site specific health and safety file, and every client must ensure that the contractor has the required resources  to implement the health and safety plan on site. Occupational Health and Safety should be a standard item on every Bill of Quantities .

What do we include in your  Safety File

Every  Safety File is ‘site specific’. It will be compiled in accordance with the client’s and the site’s safety specifications. The overall information requirements remain the same, and the site specific documents will be added. When we setup your Health and Safety File, it will consist of the following Documents:

  • Contractor appointment letter. (Construction Regulation 5(3)(f) of the OHS A)
    37(2) Agreement between client and contractor
  • Notification of Construction Work
  • Copy of the OHS Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan
  • Company Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Letter of Good Standing
  • Material Safety Data Sheets for hazardous materials used (if required)
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe work procedures (Site Specific)
  • Fall Protection plan (if required)
  • Legal appointment with proof of training (Ex. Chief Executive Officer, Risk Assessor, First Aider etc.)
  • Incident reporting procedures
  • Incident reports (General Administrative Regulation 9 (3) – Annexure 1)
  • Incident registers
  • Reports of accidents
  • Emergency preparedness documents
  • First aid documents
  • Induction records
  • Medical surveillance records
  • Safety communication (e.g. Toolbox talks)
  • Minutes of safety meetings
  • Inspection registers
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