Saiosh, Achasm and Ohsap are among the ‘construction health and safety registrars’ positioning their alliances, capacity and membership, in expectation of changes in the Construction Regulations, and perhaps alter in the OHS Act, that may require practitioners to register.
Fees from membership, examinations, registration, continued professional development (CPD), as well as indirect income, influence and authority in training standardisation and training provision is at stake.
Achasm Gauteng meeting on 21 July
Achasm, led by Anton Krause, claims support from construction industry statutory bodies, like SACPCMP and leading Western Cape and Eastern Cape construction academics Dr Theo Haupt and Prof John Smallwood.
Achasm has called a public meeting and Gauteng branch launch for 21 July 2011 at Jeppe Conference Centre in Boeing Road, off Van Buren Road, at 14:30, register via firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Construction Health And Safety Management (Achasm) chairman Anton Krause responded to queries from SHEQafrica.com that “Achasm is a construction specific OHS voluntary association, committed to the SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) OHS process since July 2010, when the Built Environment Council (BEC) mandated SACPCMP to look at developing a framework for registration of construction Client Appointed Health and Safety Agents, Construction Health and Safety Managers or Coordinators, Construction Health and Safety Officers, and Candidate Construction Health and Safety Officers.
“This is essential if we want construction health and safety to… follow an integrated approach required for Construction Regulation (2003) duty holders.”
Achasm is promoting individual and corporate membership. On its website, Achasm says it requires its members to be “properly qualified in the opinion of the Achasm executive committee” and “professionally qualified in an occupational health and safety discipline, by an approved university or university of technology, or have five years construction health and safety experience, or be employed by an Achasm corporate member.”
Achasm also wants its members to be “be enrolled on a mentorship programme at a corporate member” and “pass tests or complete courses on construction health and safety as set by Achasm”.
Saiosh Gauteng meeting on 26 July
Saiosh, led by Robin Jones and Neels Nortje, claims support from construction industry membership bodies like the Master Builders Association (MBA) KwaZulu-Natal, and MBA Gauteng.
Saiosh has called a public meeting and Gauteng branch launch for 26 July 2011 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park at 14:00, register via email@example.com
Saiosh said that “a number of enquiries have been received from [Saiosh] members, asking for establishment of a branch in Gauteng… it is possible that more than one [Saiosh Glauteng] branch may need to be formed.”
The meeting would hear a presentation on Saiosh, establishment branches, and discuss “professional OHS registration”.
The ambition of Saiosh to serve sheq practitioners in all industry sectors, is clear from the invitation; The meeting is “not a meeting only for Saiosh members… [but for] all persons… that operate in the field of occupational health and safety.”
Saiosh president Robin Jones told SHEQafrica.com that they have 620 members, 50 corporate members and seven branches, including three in Eastern Cape and one in Sasolburg.
Ohsap and IoSM claim Saiosh support
Ohsap, formed by the Institute of Safety Management (IoSM), led by Ray Strydom, continues recruiting members and presenting itself as a general occupational health and safety practice ‘registrar’.
An IoSM Gauteng meeting in March 2011 discussed Ohsap positioning and promotion at length, and noted that “Saiosh had indicated that it supports the Ohsap route.”
However, Saiosh had last year complained to SHEQafrica.com that it should not be seen as a subsidiary or KZN provincial arm of IoSM or Ohsap. Saiosh was formed by a provincial committee breakaway from IoSM.
Few South African construction health and safety practitioners have degrees, and those that do, are mostly registered with large professional bodies in the USA or Europe. Some diploma level practitioners have opted for UK qualifications. The few general sheq practitioners eligible for professional registration, have likewise opted for overseas registration.
PHOTO; Saiosh president Robin Jones (on photo) and Saiosh ‘registrar’ Neels Nortje lead the new IoSM KZM breakaway body, but are claimed to support IoSM’s Ohsap ‘registrar’ Ray Strydom. The new construction health and safety body Achasm ‘registrar’ is Anton Krause, supported by statutory construction bodies and leading academics. Neither are supported by legislation or a majority of practitioners.