Archive for December, 2015

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular Internal Quality Auditor training course on the 2 February 2016 where Hugh Davies will outline the process approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2015.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered during this training and certificates issued.  Contact us on ashleigh@iqs.co.za for details on this training.

South Africa’s air pollution hotspots 2015-11-27 (News24)

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

According to statistics urban air pollution is linked to up to 2 million premature deaths world-wide each year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution database collected data on the outdoor (or ambient) air quality of 1600 cities from 91 countries. The database revealed that unsurprisingly, as the most populated city in South Africa, Johannesburg is highly polluted with the Highveld and the Vaal listed as priority area. Durban may have one of the best air pollution ratings but it is still above the global average.

  • SA is ranked 30th in the world for bad air quality (out of 91 countries)picture
  • Jhb is the worst polluted city in SA and 99th in the world
  • Areas with the worst air pollution: Highveld, Vaal Triangle and Waterberg (Limpopo)

Employment Equity Act and Pregnancy

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Note the following applies: The Employment Equity Amendment Act, 47 of 2013 [EEAA] and the Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 [EER] which came into effect on 01 August 2014 [EEA].

Discrimination on the ground of pregnancy is referred to as one of the listed grounds in terms of section 6(1) of the EEA that deals with the Prohibition of ‘Unfair’ Discrimination:

‘‘Preg(1) No person may unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee, in any employment policy or practice, on one or more grounds [listed grounds], including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, HIV status, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language, birth or on any other arbitrary ground.’’   

During induction of new staff, should induction include telling females that they need to inform management when they know they are pregnant? Every company should have a policy for pregnant and breastfeeding females at work, to ensure the employer follows legal requirements, e.g. not being exposed to heavy metals, driving forklifts, shiftwork etc. Implied then would be for females to declare their pregnancy status so that the employer can ensure that they are treated fairly.