Department of Employment and Labour
South Africa needs to fast track the merging of occupational health and safety legislation.
The recommendation is contained in an International Labour Organisation Report on occupational health and safety standards.
In a statement, the employment and labour department indicated that the Report also calls for the drawing up of a national policy on Occupational Health and Safety.
The deputy minister of employment and labour, Boitumelo Moloi, described the launch of the Report as “a milestone in the country’s history”.
The deputy minister also acknowledged that fragmentation of legislation and working in silos was harming efforts towards ‘zero harm’.
According to the department, the Report provides an historical analysis of occupational health and safety in South Africa.
Findings include that the enforcement of legislation was seen to be a challenge with poor compliance by employers and insufficient human resources capacity for inspections, enforcement is perceived as generally reactive and poor compliance by the wholesale, retail and construction sectors.
Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 44908, the department announced that the period of operation of the provident fund and mortality benefit association collective agreement for the Bargaining Council for the Furniture Manufacturing Industry KwaZulu-Natal has been extended until 31 December 2021.