Archive for October, 2017

ISO 45001 timeline.

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

There is be a Final Draft International Standard which will be published before the Final Standard. The publication date is expected to be 27 November 2017 (ref BSI). It will be 40 pages long and available through the ISO online shop (ref. ISO). To pass through this FDIS stage the National Standards’ Bodies will have to vote 66% in favour with less than 25% against.  Approval is not a foregone conclusion, as the first draft did not achieve the necessary majority.  However the second draft reached 88% in favour.  This time, unless the redrafting has satisfied those no voters, there will still be those who will vote against.  The voting period is 8 weeks, thus the vote should close in mid-January 2018.  If the vote is successful the Standard will be published, perhaps by April 2018.


NOSA to be sold…

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Nasdaq-listed asset management multinational Carlyle Group will acquire emerging markets-focused occupational health and safety training company Nosa Group from JSE-listed Micromega Holdings for up to R747.8-million

Reference:-Engineering News 13.10.2017

Consignee – responsibilities for offloading dangerous goods

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

When receiving goods listed in SANS 10228 in quantities exceeding the “exempt quantities”, you are responsible for:

  • Offloading of the dangerous goods.
  • Providing the dangerous goods offloading supervisors (trained by Dept of Transport accredited dangerous goods training provider).

The offloading supervisor must ensure that –

  • the vehicle is correctly parked for offloading;
  • the engine of the vehicle is switched off, except where the engine is required to drive pumps or hydraulic units for the purposes of the offloading process;
  • the area is safe with barricades, where applicable and the necessary warning signs are clearly displayed;
  • the required safety and first aid equipment in accordance with the Tremcard(s) is provided;
  • the offloading operation is conducted in a safe manner;
  • all the necessary safety equipment is provided and spillkits are present.
  • the cargo is correct and that there is no obvious spillage;
  • the load is refused if he/she is in doubt as to whether the goods can be offloaded without risk;
  • there is sufficient space in the tanks or bins into which the cargo is to be unloaded.

Storage of flammable substances – what to do if no longer required?

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments
  1. If above ground or underground tank installation, LPG installation or associated pipework is no longer required for the storage or use of a flammable substance, the owner must:—


  • within seven days notify the Local emergency Services (Fire Chief) in writing;
  • within 30 days remove the flammable substance from the installation and render it safe;
  • within six months remove the installation including any associated pipework, from the premises entirely, unless the controlling authority otherwise instructs, and
  • restore a public footpath or roadway, which has been disturbed by the removal to the satisfaction of the Municipality within a period of seven days of the completion of the removal of the installation.


  • 2. If the removal of an underground tank installation detrimentally affects the stability of the premises, the owner or person in charge of the installation must apply in writing to the controlling authority to fill the tank with liquid cement slurry. [refer eThekwini Bylaws]