Construction safety registration by IoSM /OSPC /OHSAP, SAIOHS, SAFSEC, and ACHASM, is dividing SHEQ practitioners; see letters, and add your comment below.
Proponents include Ray Strydom, Wilna Louw-Malan, Joep Joubert, the IoSM faction SAIOHS led by Neels Nortje, and Philip Fourie, who notes “close to 600 safety people [are] supporting the process.
“We should rather stand together as a small safety family in Southern Africa in our endeavour to get to the ultimate zero harm.” [See reports on debate concerning legal, psychological and leadership problems inherent in applications of the term ‘zero’, elsewhere on SAheqafrica.com -Former editor]
“Legislation around competency of SA safety professionals is long overdue. I urge the minority group, that obviously do not understand the reasons and process, to rather join forces with the current passionate drivers in the journey to zero harm.”
Opponents to registration
Opponents to proposed enforced registration include Natalie Skeepers, Ronele Isaacs, Sashef, some Master Builders affiliates and members, Francois Smith, Christel Fouche, Willem Oosthuizen, Paul Tredoux, and Pieter van Dyk, who wrote to SHEQafrica.com (attached in full in the COMMENT block to the report ‘Construction safety registration scheme’).
Paul Tredoux commented; “I doubt if the “individual or small group” (of opponents) is as insignificant as you make out. The ‘600 safety family’ could hardly represent the SA safety profession… is this the number of safety professionals duped into registering with OHSAP?… there will be 600 unhappy customers.
“Tell us Phillip, are you involved in Ray Strydom’s venture, in which capacity… you are one of our ‘safety family’s’ senior members… supporting a process that is fundamentally flawed.
“You urge our ‘minority group’ to understand your reasons and process, (this) confirms many people’s problem with the OHSAP process… cloak and dagger. If the process were transparent, why the resistance?
“Join Ray Strydom’s 600 big safety family? No thank you.” -Pieter van Dyk.
Registration is a DOL function
Certificated engineer, Rob Allcock, proposes; The Department of Labour should certificate health and safety practitioners, as they do for certificated engineers.
If authorities recognise a need for ‘competent’ H&S practitioners, they should follow the already established routes in the OHS Act. Why require two different systems of establishing competency in one Act? Engineering Certificate of Competency Regulations are required for engineers. -Rob Allcock
Registration is a SAQA issue
Pieter Oosthuizen replies; Hi Robert, I appreciate your input from an engineering perspective, but there is a difference between responsibilities of engineers and HSE practitioners.
HSE practitioner responsibility is limited by legal liability, defined in various Acts. HSE practitioners are advisory and coordinating officials.
Control of required competency skills in the HSE professions is necessary, but that control should be of training providers, not of HSE practitioners. Only registered and accredited training should be accepted, as recognised by SAQA, thus the level of competency is assured.
I still stand by my previous recommendation that a central data basis be established by the applicable SETA to regulate the registration of HSE practitioners, without the unacceptable evaluations and costs as envisaged in the OHSAP scheme.
Competency is obtained in various courses, including legal, risk, rep, auditing, etc. Further formal training requires a one year certificate at a FET, followed by a second year certificate training, or a three year National Diploma Training at a FET or university, with the option of a further one year’s study to obtain a Higher diploma or BTech degree. These studies include closed book exams.
Further training and qualifications address this issue, in the framework of accredited courses and SAQA requirements. -Pieter Oosthuizen
PHOTO; Ray Strydom, founder member of SFA, IoSM, OSPC, OHSAP, NOSHBO, and several other organisations.
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