Department of Employment and Labour
9 October 2019
Amendments to the Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations are in the pipeline.
The employment and labour department confirmed this in a statement following an MHI workshop held in Durban.
The Inspection and Enforcement Services Phumudzo Maphaha expressed concern during the workshop at the state of readiness of metros to deal with MHI incidents.
Maphaha told the workshop that the department is set to publish draft amendments to the MHI Regulations and called on all experts in the industry to use the opportunity to give inputs and new ideas on the amendments.
“MHI is a highly hazardous field, and should be controlled in such a manner to prevent major incidents. Part of the amendments to the regulations will focus on the emergency preparedness plan and we will be working closely with municipalities to formulate strategies in order to be better prepared in case of major hazards installations catastrophes”, said Maphaha.
According to the department, MHI is an “industrial facility that manufactures and/or stores relatively large quantities of chemical materials, which, if they were to lose containment, would result in effects that could cause harm to personnel and members of the public outside the facility”.
The department also plans to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to effectively control and regulate the MHI industry and an MHI technical document.
Meanwhile, in another statement, the department indicated that a Draft Employment Equity Bill is likely to be tabled in parliament soon.
The Commission for Employment Equity referred to the proposed legislation during a media briefing in Pretoria.
The CEE Chairperson, Tabea Kabinde, announced that the “amended EE would empower the Employment and Labour Minister on the advice of the CEE to regulate sector specific EE targets and promulgate Section 53 to enable the issuing of EE Compliance Certificate as a prerequisite for accessing State contract”.
A Draft Employment Equity Amendment Bill, designed to empower the labour minister to establish sectoral numerical targets to ensure the equitable representation of designated groups at all levels of the workforce, was published for comment in October 2018.
A draft Code on Violence and Harassment will also be published for public comment in February 2020.