Construction regulations to improve safety
Poor levels of safety at construction sites continue to place workers at
unnecessary risk. Phillip Verwey, a health and safety specialist, talks about
the impact of the revised construction regulations on business.
On average two construction workers die every week. The aim of the
revised construction regulations is to place legal responsibilities on all key
stakeholders in the construction industry to address and radically improve
health and safety. Phillip Verwey, a health and safety specialist, talks about the
impact of the amended regulations.
"The purpose of the Construction Regulations is to clearly define the legal
parameters within which construction companies are supposed to operate.
These regulations highlight the minimum standards of operation while providing
optimum health and safety standards for all employees. "
According to Verwey the 2014 Construction Regulations further aim to
establish a system whereby construction professionals are obligated to register
with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management
Professionals in order to monitor, advise and regulate the overall Occupational
Health and Safety compliance of companies within the industry more effectively.
Verwey says the legalresponsibility of stakeholders has increased and the
failure to meet those responsibilities could have major repercussions.
"Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the regulations is guilty
of an offence and liable upon conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a
maximum of 12 months'
The regulations have undergone many changes but according to Verwey the
most significant change is the introduction of the application for a Construction
Permit as per Regulation 1.
To find out more about this change and how it will impact professionals in the
construction industry Join Verwey in the Construction Regulations 2014 update
He also addresses the following revisions during the 1 day course:
? Regulation 5 "The Duties of the Client'
? Regulation 6 "Duties of the Designer' which was previously included under
regulation 9 "Structures'
? Regulation 17 added to deal specifically with Suspended Platforms
? Regulation 18 added to deal specifically with Rope Access
? Regulation 31 "Construction Health and Safety Technical Committee'
The Construction Regulations 2014 updatecourse
held by Alusani Skills
Training Network®will run on 29th August 2014 in
Johannesburg and 21st
October 2014 in Durban. For
more information call 011 447 7470, email
href="mailto"[email protected]">[email protected] or visit the
target="_new">Alsusani Skills and Training Network
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