Posted on: January 16, 2012 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Several new Bills and South African National Standards, including OHSAS 18001, would be published in 2012. Standards may later be referenced in legislation.

One of the significant developments in standardisation in Africa, is adoption of the north American safety management standard ‘family’, OHSAS 18001 and 18002, as an SA standard.

The popular safety system standard, with its implementation guide, are already adopted as a British Standards (BS).

• SANS OHSAS 18001/BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems; Requirements.

• SANS OHSAS 18002/BS OHSAS 18002:2008 Occupational health and safety management systems; Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007

SABS technical committee TC 177 is adopting these occupational health and safety management system standards for the first time. Comment to dsscomments@sabs.co.za.

Other safety, health, environment and quality (sheq) legislation trends in 2012 are listed below.

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Coastal Management Bill out for comment

The SA National Environmental Management Integrated Coastal Management Bill of 2011 is published for public comment as General Notice 840, in Government Gazette 34781 of 25 November 2011. The Bill is published under authority of the SA minister of Water and Environmental Affairs.

Other South African legislation relevant to occupational safety, health and environment is posted here.

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SA Waste Management Strategy

The SA National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) was approved by cabinet in November 2011, aiming to:

Promote waste minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste
Ensure effective and efficient delivery of waste services
Grow waste sector contributions to the green economy
Ensure that people are aware of the impact of waste on their health, well-being and environment
Achieve integrated waste management planning
Ensure sound budgeting and financial management for waste services
Provide measures to rehabilitate contaminated land
Establish effective compliance with and enforcement of the Waste Act.

• The waste management strategy is posted at www.sawic.org.za or www.environment.gov.za/waste

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SA Local Procurement Accord

The SA Local Procurement Accord, signed in October 2011, aims to create 5-million jobs by 2020, and to attain further goals of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2). Business operators are pledged to buy locally available goods and services.

The SA Green Economy Accord, signed in November 2011, aims to create 300 000 jobs by 2020 in the enviro and sustainability economy, and promote activities that harmonise economic processes with environmental protection and product stewardship.

SA already has a Growth Path Accord on Skills, and Growth Path Accord on Basic Education.

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International Mercury Convention

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reports from the third meeting of the Intergovernmental negotiating committee that it is preparing a global legally binding legislation instrument on mercury, chemical compounds containing mercury, and handling of mercury. Contact caiainfo@caia.co.za for details.

• Visit www.labour.gov.za for presentations on forthcoming Labour legislation.

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