Archive for January, 2017

Proposed changes to the Hazardous Substances Act

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The Hazardous Substances Act 15 of 1973 (the “Act“) regulates the control of certain electronic products and other substances which may cause injury, ill health or death in human beings as a result of their inherent toxic, corrosive, irritant, strongly sensitising or flammable nature.  These substances and products are currently categorised into 4 different groups for purposes of regulation in terms of the Act.

On 23 September and 21 October 2016, the Minister of Health published notices in the Government Gazette (“GG“) of his intention to declare new Group I and Group II categories of hazardous substances.   Once promulgated in final form, the previous Group I hazardous substances notice of 25 March 1997 and the Group II hazardous substances notice of 12 August 1994 will be repealed.

The declaration of new Group I and II categories of hazardous substances will impact a range of people who will be subject to comply with the regulation of these substances in terms of the Act. For further info please contact us.

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Draft Ergonomics Regulations

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The Draft Ergonomics Regulations was published by the Minister of Labour for public comment on 27 January 2016. These regulations could potentially have a major impact on your business.

The draft regulations make reference to “Ergonomics Risk Assessment”, “Ergonomics Programme”, “Ergonomics Risk Factors” and “Competent Person” in relation to ergonomics. If these regulations are promulgated unchanged then:

  • All employers or self-employed persons which may expose any person to physical or cognitive ergonomic risk factors will have to establish for all employees and mandatories an ergonomics training programme.
  • The training shall be provided by a person that is competent in ergonomic risk factors.
  • All employers which may expose employees to ergonomic risk factors shall have an ergonomics risk assessment performed by a competent person.

[Source SAIOSH]

Upcoming Training – February 2017

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Internal Quality Auditor Training – 1st of February 2017.

Implementing & Auditing an Integrated SHEQ Management System: ISO 9001/14001 & OHSAS 18001 – 08-10th of February 2017.

OHSAct & Regulations (Act 85 of 1993) Training – 9th of February 2017.

Internal Environmental Auditor Training & ISO 14001:2015 – 08th & 10th of February 2017.

Root Cause Analysis Training – 14th of February 2017.

New ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation Training – 21st of February 2017.

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