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What does the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations require ito safety files?

The 2014 Construction Regulation provides the following guidance in terms of the Health and Safety file

 

Each CLIENT (any person for whom construction work is being preformed)  whether a developer, first time home builder, principle contractors,  contractors and/or subcontractors are required by law to have a safety file as proof of adherence to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

The Construction Regulation of 2014,  clearly states:

CR 3(6) A client must ensure that the principle contractor keeps a copy of the construction work permit contemplated in sub regulation  (1)  in the occupational health and safety file for inspection by an inspector, the client, the client’s authorized agent, or an employee.

CR 5(1)(s) – The client must ensure that health and safety file contemplated  in regulation 7(1)(b) is kept and maintained by the principle contractor

CR 7(1)(b) A principle contractor must open and keep on site a health and safety file which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or a contractor

CR 7(1)(e) A principle contractor must handover a consolidated health and safety file to the client upon completion of the construction work and must , in addition to the documentation referred to in sub regulation (2)(b), include a record of all drawings, designs, materials used, and other similar information concerning the competed structure.

CR 7(1)(f) in addition to the documentation  required in the health and safety file in terms of paragraph (c)(v)[contractor appointment] and sub regulation (2)(b), include and make available a comprehensive and updated list of all the contractors on site accountable to the principle contractor, the agreements between the parties and the type of work being done.

CR 7(2)(b) A contractor must prior to performing any construction work -open and keep on site a health and safety file, which must include all documentation required in terms of the Act and these Regulations, and which must be made available on request to an inspector, the client, the client’s agent or the principle contractor.