More than 650 delegates are expected to attend the Department of Labour’s informational session on the construction industry regulations on 9 July in Boksburg .
The theme of the event is Construction Regulations 2014 – Implementation Phase. The event is being held ahead of the implementation of the registration of construction health and safety professionals, plus the implementation of the construction work permit in terms of the new labour regulations. It follows the promulgation last year of the Construction Regulations 2014 which will come in to force in August.
The construction sector has come under the spotlight in the past two years following the fatal collapse of the Tongaat Mall in 2013 and the subsequent appointment of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the tragedy and the collapse of a structure in Meyersdal in Gauteng.
The launch of the new Construction Regulations 2014 is intended to advance the “Zero Harm” initiative in workplaces and promote a meaningful social dialogue in occupational health and safety matters.
The first construction regulations were promulgated on 18 July 2003, after the department and the construction sector identified the need for sector-based regulations rather than using the general safety regulations which was inadequate in addressing matters of construction health and safety.
The growth and diversity of the construction sector as compared to other high-risk sectors further necessitated that the current regulations be amended, and as such the Advisory Council of the Minister of Labour on Occupational Health and Safety Matters appointed a technical task team in 2006 which was comprised of government, organised business and organised labour.
Almost five years after publishing the draft regulations for comments and thorough consultation in all provinces with various stakeholders and the state-law advisors the department – through the OHS Advisory Council and the technical task team together with organised business, organised labour and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) – the Construction Regulations 2014 were promulgated last year.
According to the department, the seminar will be preceded by a comprehensive training session targeted at departmental provincial inspectors, specialist inspectors and principal inspectors.
The inspector’s training will focus on the elements of administering of the new Construction Regulations 2014.
The department’s newly-appointed Deputy Director- General of the Inspection and Enforcement Services, Aggy Moiloa, is expected to address the seminar on the vision for the industry.
There will also be a presentation of the key aspects of the Construction Regulations 2014.