What are the duties of a Construction Health & Safety Officer?

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The SACPCMP prescribes the registration of Construction Health and Safety Officers as a specified category in terms of section 18(1) (c) of the Act No. 48 of 2000. See the attached document for full guidelines. For additional detail about registration and services, see the website of The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) (www.sacpcmp.org.za).

Services of the Health & Safety Officer during the construction phase of a project include:

  • Assist with the preparation of a construction health and safety plan
  • Confirm necessary documentation was submitted to the relevant authorities
  • Attend project planning meetings
  • Assessments and approval of contractor(s) health and safety plans
  • Attend the contractors site handover
  • Attend regular site, technical and progress meetings
  • Facilitate site health and safety meetings
  • Identification of the hazards and risks relevant to the construction project through regular coordinated site inspections
  • Establish and maintain health and safety communication structures and systems, distribution of health and safety specific documents to sub-contractors
  • Compiling project specific emergency response and preparedness plans
  • Testing the effectiveness of the emergency response plans
  • Conduct site safety inductions
  • Evaluate the levels of compliance of subcontractors to the project specific health and safety plan and client specifications through inspections and audits
  • Oversee the reporting and investigation of project related incidents
  • Oversee the maintenance of all records
  • Participation in management reviews of the health and safety systems
  • Use of trends analysis to identify system deficiencies and incident trends, outline relevant improvements
  • Incorporation of changes into a health and safety management system
  • Review and update the health and safety plan
  • Development of technical reports in relation to health and safety issues and communicate through presentations to diverse groups of decision makers

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