Archive for October, 2015

Driven Machinery Regulations

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The new RSA Driven Machinery Regulations (DMR) (enacted in terms of Section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993) were published on 19 June 2015 (and then re-published on 24 June 2015). These Regulations come into effect on 30 September 2015.

Changes:

The following definitions have been added to the DMR:

  • Block and Tackle; Competent Person; Hand-Powered Lifting Device; Load-Path; Safe Working Load; Thorough Examination; Training Provider.

The following definitions have been removed:

  • Anti-Repeat Device; Goods-Hoist.

The following definitions have been changed:

  • Calendar changed to Calendar Rolls; Capstan Hoist changed to Capstan-Type Hoist; Lifting Machine Entity- Definition amended to include Regulation 19; Man Cage- Definition amended.

The scope of application has been amended to include persons who commission any driven machinery as well. Regulation 18 now applies to lifting machines, lifting tackle and hand-powered lifting devices (previously not dealt with). The following changes have been made:

  • The manufacturer must be identified and their details must be affixed to the machine itself;
  • The requirements for examination of such machines have become far more stringent and specific- e.g. where there is no manufacturing standard, the machine must be tested with 110% of its safe load capacity.
  • The inspector performing the examination must have knowledge of and experience in the erection, load testing and maintenance of the specific kind of machine;
  • Standard has been specified for lifting tackle;
  • Training on a machine must be performed by a training provider accredited with the Transport SETA.

REGULATION 19:  New Regulation that deals with the approval and registration of Lifting Machine Entities.

REGULATION 20: New Regulation that deals with the approval and registration of Training Providers.

REGULATION 21: New Regulation that deals with the withdrawal of approval of a Lifting Machine Entity or a Training Provider.

REGULATION 22: Replaces the old Regulation 19 which deals with offences and penalties. The imprisonment time has increased from 6 months to 12 months and the fine has become unspecified. There is also now an additional day of imprisonment that can be added to a sentence for a continuous offence.

REGULATION 23: Repeals the old Driven Machinery Regulations and also states that users of goods-hoists must comply with the Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010 by June 2020.

What to do with sanitary waste?

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Sanitary waste should be treated the same as medical waste from first aid boxes – it has human fluids that contain viruses, and you are exposing the cleaner in the offices / sites to this hazard – they are not trained or have the correct protective gear, nor are they inoculated as would be a professional cleaning company. Incineration of sanitary waste is specifically stipulated in the draft Health Care Risk Waste Management Regulations drawn up by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs in August 2011. Once promulgated, the updated regulations will mean it is no longer practical to legally dispose of sanitary waste in landfills. This is due to the danger of human sanitary waste in landfills to the people who seek out a living scavenging through dumps. If you don’t provide bins, what would the ladies do? Take it home, or hide it in a general waste bin to avoid embarrassment? Then the waste goes to a general landfill site. There is currently no legislation addressing sanitary waste, but if the precautionary principle is applied, then waste stream must be handled similarly to medical waste as a result of the potential health risk. If you decide to continue to dispose of this waste stream to a general landfill site, then you should ensure that the waste collector & operator of the landfill site agree in writing.

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join IQS on the 22nd of October 2015 for an informative session to discuss the proposed changes to ISO 9001/14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2016 (replacing OHSAS 18001 in Sept. 2016).

Please contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 or ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular Internal Quality Auditor training course on the 19th of November 2015 where Hugh Davies will outline the process approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2008.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered during this training and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Contact us on ashleigh@iqs.co.za for details on this training.