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Legal Accountability in Health and Safety in the Workplace
In commemoration of World Health and Safety Day, the eThekwini Municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety Unit in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) hosted a Management Seminar for City Executives on Legal Accountability in the Workplace on 25th April 2018, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.  

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April encourages the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign promoting and creating a safety and health culture which can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries. The Management Seminar also aimed to accelerate action to achieve International Labour Organisation (ILO) Sustainable Development Goals target 8.8. 

EThekwini Municipality Corporate and Human Resources, Deputy City Manager, Ms Dumisile Nene welcomed senior officials to the Management Seminar, mentioning that the seminar comes at an opportune time with World Health and Safety in the Workplace being observed in April. During her address, Ms Nene highlighted that MILE seminars provide an invaluable opportunity for networking and learning which contributes towards an integrated and co-ordinated business.

“Occupational Health and Safety is an integral part of the organisation, we need to consistently analyse our environments and ensure safety precautions are in place. Although we have a small number of injuries on duty, we need to reduce that number to zero,” said Ms Nene. 

In setting the scene for the Seminar the Head of eThekwini’s Occupational Health and Safety Unit, Dr Stanley Naraidu emphasized that a collective approach can reduce occupational health and safety hazards within the City.

Guest Speaker, Mr. Dave Manju the CEO: Umnotho Enterprise presented on Occupational Health and Safety Legal Accountability and Responsibility. “Safety is the state of mind by which workers are constantly made aware of the possibility of injuries at all times. It is not an intellectual exercise to keep us at work, productivity and safety goes hand in hand. Safety is business and business cannot survive without safety,” said Mr Manju. 

Director of Occupational Health and Safety at the Department of Labour, Mr. Phumi Maphaha spoke about the Consequences of Non-Compliance discussing the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, Legal Obligations, Obligations of the employer among other pertinent issues. “Every position in the Municipality must have a proper risk assessment done on it. Executives have the responsibility to provide information, instructions, training and supervision for employees. Employees are also accountable for carrying out their duties lawfully,” said Mr Maphaha. 

The Seminar highlighted the critical importance of improving Health and Safety challenges within the City to promote decent employment and combat hazardous labour. It also provided a conducive learning platform for officials to engage in thought-provoking discussion and plenary sessions. 

Download presentations below:
 

 

 Presentations-25 April 2018

 
  
  
Department of Labour.pdf
  
ETHEKWINI LEGAL APPLICATION.pdf
  
Management Seminar Register.pdf
  

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