What Is A Safety File?
A ‘Safety File’ is a record of information focusing on the management of health and safety on construction sites for contractors and sub-contractors. It protects the employer from criminal liability and proves compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
What does the South African LAW say about a Health and Safety File?
Every contractor and sub-contractor is required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and the Construction Regulations 2014, to have a Health and Safety File that must be available at all times. The Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and Construction Regulations 2014 state the following:
Construction Regulation 5(1)(s) – The client must ensure that health and safety file contemplated in regulation 7(1)(b) is kept and maintained by the principal contractor;
Construction Regulation 7(1) (b) –A principal contractor must open and keep on site a health and safety file which must include ll documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or a contractor.
The Health and Safety File must be maintained by the site safety personnel and audited by a competent person.
Our Health & Safety Files
We supply files to comply with new CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS 2014. Our file will be compiled according to the contractors scope of work and the clients health and safety specifications. The file contains all legal documentation, including legal appointments, registers, toolbox talks, etc.
Our consultants will assist implementation on site and explain how to maintain it. We will draft a site specific Health and Safety Plan, we will ensure that the Client approves the plan and will assist the contractor if any changes are required.
SHEQ Management Systems Implementation
In support of our goals we endeavour to be ethical in all our business activities and to treat each and every client as important. Timely service delivery and expert consultancy should and will form part of our service commitment to clients.Our team of SHEQ Specialists, business consultants and auditors always stay abreast of changes in requirements for compliance with ISO and other international standards and statutory regulations, and endeavour to inform clients of any such significant changes.We also strive towards the expansion of our service offerings to include related standards to the benefit of clients. The same commitment of quality will alsobe present in training courses and the evaluation processes.