The Department of Labour (DoL) says it has found that the construction industry has a less than 50% rate of compliance with health and safety regulations. This comes shortly ahead of the introduction of a new dispensation for the registration of construction health and safety professionals in South Africa and the implementation of the construction work permit in terms of Construction Regulation 2014.
- Addressing the DoL Construction Sector seminar, in Boksburg, DoL occupational health and safety (OHS) chief director Tibor Szana appealed for further collaboration between industry and the department over health and safety compliance and enforcement.
- This seminar was preceded by a specialised training session targeted at departmental provincial chief inspectors, specialist inspectors and principal inspectors on the elements of administering of the new Construction Regulation 2014 and the adjudicating of construction safety permits.
- The permits would require the registration of health and safety professionals in the construction industry to address the challenge of incompetence.