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Chief Inspector tells the diving sector to manage risk

by lloyd last modified 2017-11-17 18:01

17 November 2017

The Department of Labour’s Chief Inspector Tibor Szana told the Diving Sector to manage risk at their operations.

The Chief Inspector was addressing the second and last day of the Diving workshop which started yesterday, November 16, at the University of Stellenbosch’s Tygerberg Campus in Cape Town.

He urged the industry to plan their operations and do risk assessments before undertaking any project. “When our divers investigate cases, they submit the reports to me and it is so sad to find that people are injured and lives lost unnecessarily when they can be prevented”, Szana said.

“Risk is a matter of life and death and therefore ‘no risk assessment, no work’. We will stop you” he continued.  There should be no compromise in managing health and safety in the diving sector.  Each person is responsible for their health and safety.  Anything left to chance could mean the difference between life, death or injury.

He told the workshop that in addition to risk assessments, there should be medical surveillance for divers as well as medical certificates of fitness which are going to be a requirement in the near future.

Szana stressed the requirement for the use of personal protective equipment and that it is the duty of the employer to provide such equipment.

The attendees were warned not to use the Training Standard Code of Practice to replace their operations manual as well as operating procedures. The code dealt with the relationship between the employer and employee as well as their duties and the appointment of diving projects supervisors.

Other topics dealt with in the last day of the workshop include:

·          Control of diving operations,

·          Management of the diving projects,

·          Application of pressure equipment in the diving industry, and

·          Naval diving operations.

The Inspector General, Aggy Moiloa, concluded the workshop by acknowledging the presence of the role players as well as their inputs and concerns which the Department will look into. She reminded the audience that the code of good practice developed in 2014 is effective with effect from November 10, 2017 and is therefore enforceable.  Lastly, Moiloa indicated that the Department would consider introducing Listed Work in the diving sector in the next five years. –ENDS-


Issued by:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694

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