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Health and Safety Representatives

Basic Guide to Health and Safety Representatives

Employers who employ 20 or more workers must appoint representatives to monitor health and safety conditions.

When to Appoint Representatives

Employers who employ 20 or more workers must appoint health and safety representatives.

Based on Legislation in Section 17of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

How Many to Appoint

Shops and offices must have at least 1 representative for every 100 workers or part thereof. All other workplaces must have at least 1 representative for every 50 workers or part thereof. However, an inspector may order an employer to appoint more.

Based on Legislation in Section 17of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Who to Appoint

Representatives must be full-time workers who are familiar with the workplace.

Based on Legislation in Section 17of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Training

Representatives must be trained during working hours.

Based on Legislation in Section 17of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Duties

Representatives –

  • monitor, investigate and report on health and safety matters;
  • accompany inspectors during inspections; and
  • attend health and safety committee meetings.

Based on Legislation in Section 18of 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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