Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) plays a very important role in our society by making sure that the safety, health and welfare of people in the workplace are looked after.
According to section 17 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993), companies who hire 20 or more employees must appoint OHS representatives.
The main goal of occupational health and safety is to create a safe and healthy work environment for co-workers, employers, customers, and everyone in the workplace.
Successful occupational health and safety practice requires employers and workers to work together within health and safety programmes. These health and safety programmes deal with issues such as occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, toxicology, psychology, and engineering safety.
The Roles of an OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Representative and an OHS Coordinator
An OHS representative manages and communicates all OHS needs within a department and communicates their concerns with the OHS coordinator.
The OHS coordinator will then communicate with the OHS representatives of each department and represent the OHS committee to senior management.
Written by: Robin Louw
Last updated: October 23, 2018