Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:00

Minister Oliphant on construction regulations

At the official launch of the Construction Regulations, 2014, the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, said that the Construction Regulations, 2014 provides a legislative platform for addressing health and safety in South Africa and explained that it had implications for all stakeholders involved in construction.

Stakeholder relationship management in the construction industry involves understanding the role of each stakeholder and how different entities can work together on behalf of the industry and their clients.

All stakeholders, including workers, bear a responsibility for creating and maintaining safe construction workplaces. Clients hold the greatest potential leverage, which is the authority to influence the behaviour of others and are the best candidates to lead the construction industry towards the consistent achievement of safe projects. In an industry fraught with danger, construction clients can protect workers and themselves only if they are willing to lead the way and confront the risks head-on.

The Construction Regulations introduce a concept of construction works permit system requiring that an application be lodged with the Department of Labour thirty days before construction work is undertaken. The granting of a construction works permit would not be automatic. Each application will be properly scrutinized to ensure that it meets the requirement for granting such a permit. For now, there will be no cost to this application and systems are in place to ensure that there are no delays in the processing of the applications.

Another important aspect introduced in the regulations is the registration of construction professionals in accordance with Section 2 of the Project and Construction Management Act, Act No. 48 of 2000. The following categories of construction health and safety professionals have been identified as per the Construction Regulation 2014:

  • Construction Health and Safety Agent (PrCHSA)
  • Construction Health and Safety Manager (CHSM)
  • Construction Health and Safety Officer (CHSO)