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Health and Safety

Health and safety management is about organised efforts and procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing accidents and exposure to harmful situations and substances. It includes training personnel in accident prevention, accident response, emergency preparedness, and use of protective clothing and equipment.


Health and Safety Management


Legal Risk Management


Integrated OHSACT Baseline Risk Assessment

Five Primary Elements

An effective safety and health management system has five primary elements:

This systematic approach integrates occupational safety and health objectives into the company’s organisational structure.

The results of a system approach include:

  • An effective system supports the organisation’s philosophy.
  • Accountability for implementing the system is understood and accepted.
  • Long-term solutions are implemented rather than one-time fixes.
  • Evaluation of results over time promotes continual improvement.
  • An effective system positively impacts the company’s bottom line.
Elements of a Health and Safety Management System
These elements are described throughout our guidelines in an effort to help you develop and implement an effective system.

Compliance with the OHS Act can be onerous, with many companies realising they need a specialist company to manage their Health and Safety regulations. EMPOWERisk, acting as your Agent, specialises in the execution of the health and safety act and its regulations.


Management commitment and planning


Employee involvement


Health and safety training


Worksite analysis


Hazard prevention and control

OHSACT Baseline
An OHSACT baseline assessment is a critical requirement to ensure compliance with the OHSACT. In terms of legal requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSACT), companies are required to have amongst others an occupational health and safety compliance management system including the undertaking of risk assessments so as to pro-actively identify, reduce and manage risks and exposures to employees, learners as well as other persons such as members of the public.

EMPOWERisk Management proposes that the golden thread of enterprise-wide risk management be followed throughout the project and also thereafter.

The inter-relationship between occupational health and safety, environmental, risk, exposure to management and business implications risks not managed purposefully and proactively, are depicted in the following illustration of a typical iceberg.

The conclusion of the above illustration is that for every R1 of direct costs, hidden costs, service interruptions, environmental impairment, reputation implications of up to R50 could be experienced in a case of an injury or incident or accident or public liability claim or i.e. an occupational injury or environmental incident or fatality or reputation implications or liability claims.

Integrated Occupational Health, Safety and Physical Baseline Risk Assessment

What you need to know


It is therefore crucial that the disciplines of occupational health and safety management, environmental as well as related activities such as fire and enterprise-wide risk management be integrated in a holistic manner. This is to ensure that the investment and operational implications are actively and pro-actively managed and not just “what is reportable or must be documented”.

It will also result in the achievement of the objectives including optimal return on the investment to the benefit of the Company and its stakeholders.

This proposed methodology and solutions would, therefore, focus and support the long-term sustainability of occupational health and safety compliance, incident prevention, reduce exposures to management as well as promote good governance, legal compliance, best practice and risk management within the Company; long after the successful completion of the project including expected savings on reduced incidents and exposures.

Identify, evaluate and risk mitigation measures proposed for the Company’s consideration

Aspects such as:
a. current or actual risks,
b. unacknowledged risks and exposures,
c. emerging risks and exposures.
d. reputation risks and exposures,
e. potential injuries and exposures,
would also be purposefully identified, evaluated and risk mitigation measures proposed for the Company’s consideration.