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Compliance to Occupational Health and Safety in the Diving Sector enhances sustainable economic growth

by lloyd last modified 2017-11-17 11:05

16 November 2017

The Department of Labour’s Acting Senior Specialist: Occupational Health and Hygiene, Bulelwa Huna, told attendants at the Diving workshop to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations to enhance sustainable economic growth.

Huna was addressing the Diving industry sectors’ role players at the University of Stellenbosch’s Tygerberg Campus in Cape Town today, November 16.
The workshop was intended to engage and share information with the sector on the best practices with respect to occupational health and safety as well as new amendments in the pipeline such as the unemployment insurance Fund Bill.
The Acting Senior Specialist: Occupational Health and Hygiene told the workshop that the objectives of the Occupational Health and Safety is to protect against hazards, prevent against exposure to hazards, ensure effective social protection at work all of which enhance sustainable economic growth.

“Occupational Health and Safety is a team effort. It should be addressed by both employer and employees and it requires constant inter-action amongst all partners”, Huna told the workshop.

On the medical examinations and fitness of divers, Dr Meinties from the University of Stellenbosch presented the reasons for medical assessment of divers and the risks involved. He told the workshop that there are many risks divers are exposed to including death due to heart attacks, noise which at times is created by the very same equipment that they use such as helmets. In addition to these he mentioned the issue of exposure to hazardous chemical substances as well as hazardous biological agents.

“Medical surveillance for divers is necessary to ensure that the diver is fit for purpose and also the effect of the working environment on the diver”, he said.
The workshop covered a range of topics including the following:

•    Risk assessment in the diving industry
•    Management of the diving operations and diving notifications
•    OHS priorities for diving  operations
•    Reporting of occupational injuries and diseases
•    Application of unemployment insurance in the diving industry

The workshop will conclude tomorrow, November 17, with more topics included in the line-up. -ENDS-

For more information contact:

Bulelwa Huna
Acting Senior Specialist: Occupational Health and Hygiene
082 908 2885

For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane
Departmental Spokesperson
082 697 0694

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