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Basic Guide to Health and Safety Committees

Basic Guide to Health and Safety Committees

Employers who have appointed 2 or more health and safety representatives must form health and safety committees.  Employers and committees have certain duties and functions.

When to Form a Committee

1 or more health and safety committees must be formed when –

  • employers have appointed 2 or more health and safety representatives; or
  • inspectors instruct employers to do so.

Based on Legislation in Section 19of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Employer’s Duties

Employers –

  • decide on the number of health and safety committee members;
  • appoint committee members;
  • attend every committee meeting; and
  • ensure that committees meet at least once every 3 months.

Based on Legislation in Section 19of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Committee’s Duties

Health and safety committees –

  • make and keep records of recommendations to employers and inspectors; and
  • discuss, report and keep records of incidents in which someone is killed, injured, or becomes ill.

Based on Legislation in Section 20of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Ref: Occupational Health and Safety Act


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Originally appeared on labour.gov.za on 30-05-2008. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.

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