In terms of Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the employer shall provide and maintain a safe working environment. Conceivably the first question a Department of Labour Inspector will ask when your premises is inspected.
Every employer has a moral duty towards the health and safety of the employees. A proper Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis isolates the areas where harm could be done to employees and other stakeholders in the business. It delivers guidance in the methods to be implemented to ensure effective protection.
Risk management serves a dual financial gain purpose to the employer, in that costs are saved in the implementation phases, unnecessary elements will not be purchased and implemented and secondly, operational costs can be reduced i.e. property damage and consumable waste can be reduced when implementing a proper risk control system.
BENEFITS OF A RISK ASSESSMENT
True compliance and less waste
Secured and accurate pre-contact controls
Effective emergency planning
Increased employee morale
Expected return on investment
No fear for a labour inspector
WHAT WE DO
BMS performs and identifies all operational hazards and risks in your routine and non-routine work process. This will give you a good indication of the level of exposure and assists in:
Developing the current risk profile
Risk exposures that needs attention
Areas of loss
Guidance on where to start with safety management
Elements to be included in the safety management system
Legal compliance is more than a luxury in a business, it is as the name says a legal requirement, therefore a minimum requirement. All companies in South Africa must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It doesn't matter what type of business you operate, in simple terms it is only the level of compliance that will be different.
BMS assists companies in becoming legally compliant by providing the following:
The BMS Legal Compliance Audit is the ultimate benchmark test against all applicable Health and Safety Legislation. This legal compliance audit is ideally performed once a business has an established SHEQ Management System and needs to test the level of compliance against a set standard. Alternatively, it provides guidance on improvement needs and ensures capital invested accuracy.
The BMS Legal Compliance audit not only provides and identifies the non- compliance, it includes corrective measures, recommendations and prioritising the non-compliance on how to effectively establish legal compliance. Systems are tested against more than 5000 legal compliance elements.
Why is it important to know your Legal Compliance Status?
OHS act is designed to prevent accidents, therefore having a business that is in compliance with the requirements of the OHS Act provides for:
Managing and preventing legal exposures of top, middle, line and supervisory management levels
Protecting the employer against criminal and civil liabilities
Identifying areas where losses could be contained and initiate loss control systems and programmes
Planning for emergencies requires a vast input that ranges from legislation to municipal by-laws. The essence of an emergency plan should address all legal requirements and above that be a custom fit for the emergencies the organisation faces. A full analysis with supportive documents and competence is delivered as well as assistance in developing the emergency compliance in the workplace such as emergency escape routes and placement of emergency equipment.
BMS consultants are comprehensively trained to provide professional assistance in the design of emergency plans and routes.
Safe and rapid evacuation is the objective of any emergency plan and for that reason emergency drills are extremely important. It is accepted that emergency drills are to be conducted on a bi-annual basis. To have an evacuation plan that is deemed effective the availability of key players such as Evacuation Marshals, Health and Safety Representatives, First Aiders and Fire Fighters are some of the important role players in effective evacuations. The cognitive skills and emergency discipline of these members require special attention.
BMS caters for all of the emergency role players, development and training. We assist with the legal appointment of these role players and provide emergency drill effectiveness analysis to our clients.
Construction work can be dangerous! Due to uncontrolled and non-routine environments, the incident and failures occur frequently, resulting in number offatalities. Daily construction failures on news coverage are now almost the norm.
Employers and construction management need to focused attention on the areas in their respective construction operations, where a massive loss could be detrimental to effective future business operations. It is a dire need to entrust construction compliance to a reputable and competent OHS consultant. In not doing so the employer is faced with severe risks. Massive OHS capital inputs are made on each project without positive OHS growth in the company. On completion of a project OHS is zeroed, leaving the business without any OHS assets. There is no business sense in this approach, a reputable consultant will guide the financial input towards OHS Asset growth, resulting in a business that becomes self-sustainable in the OHS science with the exact needed OHS assets employed.
BMS establishes positive growth partnerships with our clients, increasing internal competence and capabilities with state of the art Construction Compliance Systems.
CONSTRUCTION HEALTH & SAFETY FILE
BMS does not develop Safety files for the purpose of window dressing. Our safety files are purpose driven and project specific. We approach a safety file as a mini OHS Management System applied for off-site responsibilities of the employer.
Any safety file delivered by BMS ensures comprehensive protection of the Principle Contractor and Sub-Contractor management team and includes:
Designed employer protection in the Construction Health and Safety Plan.
Emphasis on OHS Act duties
Not limited to Construction Regulations 2014, inclusive of all applicable and supportive regulations
Manages scope of compliance to Municipal By-Laws
Compliance to applicable other legislation such as BCEA, Hazardous Substances Act etc.
SANS Compliance in resource management and application
Legal appointments are inclusive of all duties of appointed person, resulting in a full deployment and control of the duties of the employer/contractor
Environmental Compliance Controls Included
The content in this document is not exhaustive, it provides an indication how BMS manages major shortfalls in a safety file