DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY.
01 APRIL 2003.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PAGE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. PREAMBLE OBJECTIVES MANDATES DOCUMENTS PRINCIPLES DISCUSSION (POLICY MATTERS) 6.1 6.2 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Responsibilities of employer Responsibilities of employees 3 3 4 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 1 1 2 2 2
HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES/COMMITTEES FIRST AID, EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES WORK IN ELEVATED POSITIONS PROVISIONING OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING/EQUIPMENT AND THE SAFEGUARD OF MACHINERY EMERGENCY/EVACUATION PLAN SECURITY AND ACCESS CONTROL EXPOSURE TO AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS REGARDED AS A HEALTH RISK VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
DATE POLICY DEVELOPED 01 APRIL 2003.
DATE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY.
SECT. 7.of Occ.Health &Safety Act.
OCC. HEALTH.And Safety :PROG.
PREAMBLE The Department of Health as an employer considers its employees to be its most valuable assets and undertakes to safeguard them through providing and maintaining, as far as reasonably practical, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its employees. In ensuring a safe and healthy working environment all employees of the Department of Health have to work closely together with the employer in minimizing any risk that might jeopardize the health and safety of employees of the Department.
PRINCIPLES The Department of Health will strive to continuously improve the occupational health , safety and environmental performance by adhering to the following principles: 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Developing and improving programs and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Ensuring that personnel are properly trained and provided with appropriate safety and emergency equipment, where applicable. Taking appropriate action to correct hazards or conditions that endanger health, safety and the environment. Considering safety and environmental factors in all operating decisions including planning and acquisition. Engaging in sound re-use and recycling practices and exploring feasible opportunities to minimize the amount and toxicity of waste generated. Using energy efficiently throughout all operations
-22.7 Encouraging personal accountability and emphasizing compliance with standards and conformance with Departmental policies and best practices during employee training and in performance reviews. Communicating our desire to continuously improve our performance and fostering the expectation that every employee will follow this policy and report any environmental, health, or safety concern to management Monitoring progress through periodic evaluations.
MANDATES 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 General Safety Regulations in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 Mine Health and Safety Act,1996. Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations.
DOCUMENTS 4.1 4.2 Local emergency/evacuation plans Annexure A of the General Safety Regulations in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
OBJECTIVES To ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees throughout the Department based on the following objectives : 5.1 5.2 To provide and maintain, as far as practicable,hospitals,offices, systems and equipment that are safe and without risk to the health of staff. To take steps to eliminate or mitigate, as far as practicable, any hazard or potential hazard to the safety or health of employees, before resorting to personal protective equipment.; To make arrangements for ensuring, as far as practicable, the safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the production, processing, use, handling, storage or transport of articles with toxic substance;