Your rights

18 April 2011

Important legislation relating to Health and Safety:

Section 24 of the South African constitution: Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well being and to have the environment protected through reasonable legislative measures.

Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

General duties of employers to their employees

Every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, an environment that is safe and without risk to the health of his employees.

Section 13 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Duty to inform

The employer has the responsibility to inform the employee of what hazards he/she might be exposed to in the workplace.

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act

Workers who are injured or contract a disease through their work are able to claim from the Compensation Fund in accordance with the COIDA Act.

Your responsibilities:

  • In case of an emergency, phone CPS (ext 2222/3) first. CPS use a unique incident management system that sends sms alerts to key people, who will - in turn - alert the appropriate emergency response units
  • Know and respect your environment
  • Know where to find the nearest emergency equipment
  • Know your escape route
  • Familiarise yourself with SHE reps, first aiders, and fire and evacuation marshals in your building

Who're you gonna call?

CPS 021 650 2222/3
Er24 084124
Metro Ambulance 10177
Police: Rondebosch - 021 685 7345
Mowbray - 021 680 9580
Woodstock - 021 442 3122
Cape Town - 021 467 8002
Risk Manager - 021 650 4858
Traffic Manager 021 650 4752/3314
Security Manager 021 650 2225/2222
Health & Safety Management 021 650 3552/2246
Occupational Health clinic 021 650 3873/2021
Student Wellness 021 650 1020 (general)
021 650 1017 (counselling)

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