Safety registration would sow confusion

Certification of health and safety professionals in all sectors is a good idea, but would founder in disagreement among government departments, says a former chief inspector.

Manie Mulder, a former SA Labour Department chief inspector, commented; “The Construction Regulations amendment drat appears to be open-ended, and may create more confusion and raise more questions than it would solve.

“It is clear that the purpose of the draft amendment is to require the compulsory appointment of persons with demonstrable competency in health and safety in the construction field. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the amendments probably do not go far enough.

“When I was chief inspector, the idea was to create a national statutory body under the auspices of the Department of Labour to oversee and regulate qualifications, certification and accreditation of health and safety professionals.

“This idea was mooted in South Africa long before the establishment of the British National Examination Board for Health and Safety (NEBOSH).

“Unfortunately the idea perished in South Africa due to politics, inter departmental disagreements, and objections from various quarters, notably at the time from NOSA, BIFSA, and the Chamber of Mines. There are also divergent interests among various persons and organisations.

“Stakeholders should aside their parochial interests and form a national authority, or the department may have to establish an authority.”

PHOTO; Former Labour chief inspectors Manie Mulder is among the safety professionals debating enforced registration of practitioners, proposed in the 2010 Construction Regulations amendment draft.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Releated

Diane Swarts heads up Sheqafrica from October 2020

Durban – South Africa –  The High Option Ltd. as majority shareholder of SHEQafrica Corporate Services(Pty)Ltd, announced yesterday that Pietermaritzburg based SHEQ Consultant, Diane Swarts have been appointed as the General Manager for the business from October 2020. SHEQafrica Corporate Services owns a number of brand names like The Safety Guys, The Safety Lady, and […]

Invitation to contribute

While we are back on air, there is still a long road ahead to restore SHEQafrica as the #1 OHS Magazine in Africa. We therefore wish to invite you to become a contributor to our efforts and assist in making this the most loved magazine for the SHEQ Practitioners once more. On site, we often […]