Construction Regulations Seminar to be held in S Africa

Published By : 17 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The South Africa Department of Labor will be hosting an informational session on the implementation of construction permits in terms of the latest labor regulations. The session is being held ahead of the implementation of construction health and safety professionals registration.

The seminar will be held on July 9 in Boksburg, Johannesburg. The theme of the seminar will be “Construction Regulations 2014 – Implementation Phase” and over 650 delegates are anticipated to be present at the event.

The seminar has been scheduled to follow the promulgation in 2014 of the Construction Regulations 2014, which according to sources will come into effect in August this year.

The construction industry in South Africa has come under the scanner over the last two years after the catastrophic collapse of the Tongaat Mall year before last. This was followed by the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry to look into the fatal collapse and the disintegration of a structure in Meyersdal, Guateng.

The new Construction Regulations 2014 is being launched in order to push forth the “Zero Harm” program in workplaces. The initiative is aimed at promoting a worthy social dialogue in matters of occupational health and safety. 

It was on July 18, 2003 that the foremost construction regulations were promulgated. It was done so after the construction sector and the department of labor zeroed in on the call for industry-based regulations instead of implementing universal safety regulations. General regulations proved to be inadequate in tackling construction safety and health matters. 

Compared to other high risk industries, the growth and diversity of the construction industry further demanded that the present regulations be altered. As a result, a technical task team was appointed in 2006 by the Advisory Council of the Minister of Labor on Occupational Health and Safety Matters. This team comprised of organized business, government, and organized labor. 
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