21 YEARS IN BUSINESS - STRONGER THAN EVER
||3RD QUARTER ISSUE - July 2013
SCOTT-SAFE celebrated its 21st year in business on 1 June 2013, a huge milestone in our history.
Our goal ‘growing from within’ has certainly worked for us during the first half of the year.
Inland Occupational Health and Safety Legal Compliance Agents, Jacques Fourie, Neels Blom, Vincent Rabapane, Baltie Erasmus and Roy Visser are all fully booked with no time for new business. This means time for additional agents.
The Construction Industry still continues to cause the most accidents as reported by the Compensation Fund. The challenge is not the Principal Contractor but the contractors. This is the reason we have formed a Joint Venture with Salus Safety, owned and run by Dylan Haupt.
Although we still conduct Construction work audits on Principal Contractors for developers, we have a huge demand to assist contractors with their Occupational Health and Safety needs.
The KZN Region is stable with a partnership in the pipeline to promote new business.
Newly appointed Eastern Cape Regional Partner, Martin van der Merwe, has settled in and now starts to slowly grow the client base.
Recently transferred to operate as our Western Cape Regional Partner, Charles Crawford, is doing a sterling job. The service standard has normalised ,educational training has increased with new client services growing.
The Operator Safety Training Academy (OSTA) has grown extensively since the appointment of Cheryl Routledge.
A new and exciting addition to our educational training portfolio is the Occupational Health and Safety Workshop for Property Maintenance personel. The Workshop includes onsite medical surveillance of all delegates with the issue of a medical certificate of health. These workshops are offered in the vernacular with the assistance of Baltie Erasmus and Martin Mulaudzi.
Our instructors, Deon Binneman and Colin Tivers, continue to deliver high quality, up to date training. We continually review our course content and upgrade to stay current.
Operations are being diligently managed by Karen Scott and Marlene Haywood.
Finance, the backbone of the business, is controlled by long standing Chief Financial Officer, Vassie Naidoo.
It is still surprising to find many company owners/CEO’s unaware of their liability risk for non compliance.
The company owner/CEO has three responsibilities in terms of the law
COMPENSATION FUND UPDATE
There is a definite rise in work related accidents. There are a number of reasons for this:
- Make a decision to comply
This is verified by the development and signing of a policy statement of intent.
Standard Operating Procedures must be produced and implemented into the business process
- Provide the means to comply
It is the responsibility of the CEO to communicate and share line function responsibility with all
Managers and staff.
This is one of the biggest challenges in the compliance process as line function responsibility for
safety is a new concept.
Records must be kept with each and every employee acknowledging their acceptance of responsibilities
A formal Occupational Health and Safety Legal Compliance system must be selected and implemented into the
- Ensure that what should be done is done
Follow up and feedback on the compliance process is critical.
Occupational Health and Safety must appear on the EXCO agenda with compliance status reports
reviewed, discussed and actioned for improvement down the line.
R1 billion was paid out for claims by the fund over the last 5 years.
There is definitely a need for more awareness about Occupational Health and Safety.
This of course is where I am heading in my personal capacity as CEO of Scott-Safe.
More sharing with CEO’s, Executives and Management of company’s and organisations alike.
We will be targeting small manufacturing industries and the commercial sector. Open presentations are being planned to take place nation wide.
Once CEO’s and owners of company’s become aware of their liability risk they will be more motivated to achieve and maintain a ‘reasonable’ level of compliance thereby improving the well being of employees and those other than employees alike.
‘THE PROBLEM IS NOT JUST KNOWING WHAT TO DO, IT’S ACTUALLY DOING IT’
This is the benefit of outsourcing the services of Scott-Safe.
We take you from where you are to where you should be and then keep you there.
Risk is an integral part of business – As is minimising it!
- Lack of control in high risk industries,
- Increase in the number of new businesses with little attention given to safety.
- High numbers of people in the commercial industry
BE CLEVER – CHOOSE TO COMPLY