Monday, February 16, 2009

Minister of Labour's Advisory Council OHS


The Minister of Labour's Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS) held its first meeting of the year on 11 February 2009 at the DoL's Head Office in Pretoria.

The Minister's Advisory Council is established in terms of Section 2 of the OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993 and consist of 20 members namely -
  • Chief Inspector

  • One officer of the Department

  • The Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner or his/her nominee

  • One person nominated by the Minister for National Health and Welfare

  • One person nominated by the Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs

  • Six persons representing Employer Organizations

  • Six persons representing Organized Labour

  • One person with knowledge of Occupational Safety Matters

  • One person with knowledge of Occupational Medicine

  • One person with knowledge of Occupational hygiene

All members of ACOHS are appointed for a period of three years by the Minister of Labour and the main function of the Council is to advise the Minister with regard to matters of policy arising out of or in connection with the application of the provisions of the OHS Act. The Council may also appoint Technical Committees to advise the Council on any matter regarding the performance by the Council of its functions.

Summery of the Council meeting held on 11 February 2009:

  • DoL appointed a new Chief Inspector on 1 February 2009 - Mr. Thobile Lamati

  • ACOHS will re-appoint all the Technical Committees

  • Most of the regulations are still under review

  • ACHOS agreed that no further councils for regulations will be approved

  • AIA's will be reviewed

  • Construction Summit report was tabled

  • World Safety Day on 28 April 2009

  • SA Safety Day planned for 8 May 2009

Neels Nortje
Health and Safety Manager
(Appointed ACOHS Member)

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