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Basic Guide to Health and Safety Duties of Workers

Basic Guide to Health and Safety Duties of Workers

Workers must report health and safety incidents to their employer, a health and safety representative, or a health and safety inspector.

Reporting Incidents

Before the end of a shift (or as soon as possible afterwards), workers must report to their employer, a health and safety representative or an inspector, incidents in which –

  • people are killed, injured, or become ill,
  • dangerous substances are released, or
  • machinery fails or runs out of control.

Based on Legislation in Section 14of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Site of Incidents

No one may disturb the site of an injury or death. This does not apply to –

  • public road traffic accidents;
  • household incidents (unless reported to the SAPS); or
  • aviation accidents.

Based on Legislation in Section 24of 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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