The construction industry is subject to some of the most stringent occupational health and safety regulations. Construction sites are dynamic and hazardous and accidents could be life-threatening. Workers must have an exceptional level of safety awareness and training, and medical ﬁtness must be tested before entering a site. Extreme work pressures are common to the construction industry and exacerbated by long working hours, physically dangerous work and being responsible for others’ safety at work.
The 2014 update of the Construction Regulations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the requirement for comprehensive, risk-based medical testing for all construction workers. The aim of the construction medical is to:
- Determine whether the employee is physically and mentally ﬁt to do the work.
- Identify medical conditions that may render employees temporarily or permanently unable to perform their duties.
- Determine whether the employee’s current health status may aﬀect risks and safety at work for both the employee and other workers.
- Issue recommendations to the employer on the necessary actions to protect and maintain the health of employees.
Our occupational medical practitioners (OMPs) and occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNPs) are highly experienced in conducting the necessary medical examination and completing the all-important Annexure 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, along with a medical certiﬁcate of ﬁtness. This includes a “ﬁt with restrictions” or “ﬁt with conditions” certiﬁcate, if applicable.
Annexure 3 highlights the possible exposures to which an employee will be subjected, the job-speciﬁc requirements the employee face, and the protective equipment the employee needs to perform his or her duties as per his or her job description.
Our OMPs and OHNPs ensure each employee is given a full clinical assessment with all the required medical tests. We also identify the employee’s work conditions and risks and apply them in our testing methodology. This ensures a professional assessment with recommendations that are in the best interest of both the employee and the employer.
The following chart shows the test are done for each category:
Well-trained employees are safe employees
Your construction site is only as safe as the employees working for you – and often they are working alone, without your oversight. They need to know what to do when an unexpected event occurs in order to manage the most rapid response possible and minimise risk exposure, injuries and even deaths.
We can help you with your safety training programme either on-site or at our head oﬃce in Midrand, where we have classrooms as well as scaﬀolding to train employees working on heights. This division aims to take the burden of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act away from you so that you can focus on your core functions.
Other health and safety services
Our training is certiﬁed by the Health & Welfare Seta and the Construction Seta. We specialise in:
- Working on heights Scaﬀold erecting and inspection
- First aid level 1
- Health and safety representative
- Hazard identiﬁcation and risk assessment
- Basic ﬁre-ﬁghting
We will open and manage your contractor health and safety ﬁles for you, ensuring all documentation required in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as the Construction Regulations are properly kept and maintained.
We will conduct a complete audit to assess your compliance with all aspects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This includes a general facility safety inspection of aspects such as storage, lighting, air handling, sanitation, hazardous products, emergency equipment, and so forth. We also develop safety plans as well as fall protection plans. In addition, we oﬀer contractor management to ensure that contractors working on your premises are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This ensures that their activities do not place you at risk of non-compliance.
We can investigate all incidents in the workplace and help you to develop and implement action plans to prevent them happening again.