Health and Safety Nominations (Please don’t try this at home)

Sometimes one cannot help but laugh!

What were these people thinking?

Although this may bring a smile to your face, please please please do NOT try any of the following as you could get seriously hurt or incur death.

There is no warning for motorists to be able to see that this person is working at height. One blink and a car will drive into this ladder. This ladder could also fall on its own at any minute as it is not secure.
There is no warning for motorists to be able to see that this person is working at height. One blink and a car will drive into this ladder. This ladder could also fall on its own at any minute as it is not secure.

 

It is only a matter of time before these twigs break!
It is only a matter of time before these twigs break!

 

Ironic. "Think Safety First!- apparently this does not apply to me!"
Ironic. “Think Safety First!- apparently this does not apply to me!”

 

Smoking in general is a hazard but smoking near flammable gas is asking for a problem!
Smoking in general is a hazard but smoking near flammable gas is asking for a problem!

 

This is trust but one slip of the hand and the one hanging is carrots!
This is trust but one slip of the hand and the one hanging is carrots!

 

Water + Electricity= Not a good idea.
Water + Electricity= Not a good idea.

 

Besides the fact that they may have sore heads, lets hope these people still have all their fingers when this lid falls after driving over a bump!
Besides the fact that they may have sore heads, lets hope these people still have all their fingers when this lid falls after driving over a bump!

 

Sure a bucket may seem easy enough but a proper face shield would be better!
Sure a bucket may seem easy enough but a proper face shield would be better!

 

A longer ladder is all they needed..
A longer ladder is all they needed..

 

Ever heard of a Jack and Creeper? Last we knew, chairs were for people & not cars!
Ever heard of a Jack and Creeper? Last we knew, chairs were for people & not cars!

 

Smiles before he becomes toast and falls to the ground. No protection from electrocution or falling at all.
Smiles before he becomes toast and falls to the ground. No protection from electrocution or falling at all.

 

Never ever EVER use a person in place of a proper working table. This will not end well..
Never ever EVER use a person in place of a proper working table. This will not end well..

 

When the fridge falls over, so will this passenger! At least the driver is wearing a helmet!
When the fridge falls over, so will this passenger! At least the driver is wearing a helmet!

 

This guy probably appreciates the lending hand but this ladder is not secure and it is just a matter of time before this person falls!
This guy probably appreciates the lending hand but this ladder is not secure and it is just a matter of time before this person falls!

 

There are other ways to cut the top of your hedge, risking your life with this heavy machinery in the air is not one of them.
There are other ways to cut the top of your hedge, risking your life with this heavy machinery in the air is not one of them.

Smoking in South Africa

The following article has been extracted from Southafrica.net. 2015. Smoking Laws in South Africa. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/travel-tips/entry/travel-tip-smoking. [Accessed 14 September 15].

Smoking in public areas is illegal in South Africa
Smoking in public areas is illegal in South Africa.

South Africa became one of the first countries in the world to ban smoking in public places in 2000 when it introduced its Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act. The act put a serious dent in the smoking culture in South Africa, as it prohibited smoking in restaurants, pubs, shopping centres and offices where there is no separate, enclosed smoking room.

The South African smoking laws were tightened even further in 2009 when the government banned smoking in partially enclosed public places such as covered patios, verandas, balconies, walkways and parking areas, as well as smoking in cars where there were children under the age of 12 present. Children under the age of 18 were also prohibited from entering designated smoking areas and purchasing cigarettes.

There are stiff penalties associated with anti-smoking legislation in South Africa, including hefty fines for both the smoker and venue operator. Be aware that smoking is banned on all domestic flights in South Africa; in all airport terminals; in all restaurants, pubs and offices with no designated smoking areas; on all public transport; in cinemas and shopping malls; and even in some hotel rooms (check on booking).

On 1st October 2015 a new law will be implemented whereby smoking in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18 who is also in the vehicle, will be illegal.

South Africa’s smoking laws could be strengthened even more in future, so keep a look out for ‘no smoking’ signs and only smoke in designated smoking areas.

Smoking Policy in the Workplace

No smoking sign

The Tobacco Products Control Act provides for the protection of non-smokers – it does not provide any benefit or protection for smokers.

In addition, smoking in the workplace is not regulated by Labour Law but only by the above-mentioned Act.
In terms of this Act, the employer is obliged to take steps to protect non-smoking staff from the cigarette smoke of the smokers.

There is no obligation whatsoever on the employer to provide smoke breaks, and indeed if he/she does provide smoke breaks he/she is entitled to insist that those employees must work in the time taken for ‘smoke breaks’ after hours, without additional remuneration, or he/she can total up the ‘smoke breaks time’ and deduct it from wages at month end.

The employer is entitled to ban smoking completely on his building or in the workplace if he wishes to, and he can designate any area of his choice to be the smoking area. This could be the roof of the building, or the car park, and the employer is under no obligation to provide an alternative smoking area in the event of inclement weather.

In short, the employer is under no obligation to facilitate the addiction of the smoker to the drug nicotine, just as he is under no obligation to facilitate the addiction of any employee who may be addicted to alcohol, narcotics and so on.

When you consider that these no obligation on the employer to provide an alcoholic employee with ‘ drink breaks’, why should there be an obligation on him/ her to provide ‘smoke breaks’ to an Employee who is addicted to nicotine ?

The employer is obligated to comply with the following regulations in the Act if he/she wishes to provide a smoking area:

Section 3 : Tobacco Products Control Act :

Note : A “workplace” falls within the definition of and is regarded as a “public place.”
An employer, owner, licensee, lessee or person in control of a public place may designate a portion of a public place as a smoking area, provided that-
a) the designated smoking area does not exceed 25% of the total floor area of the public place;
b) the designated smoking area is separated from the rest of the public place by a solid partition and an entrance door on which the sign “SMOKING AREA” is displayed, written in black letters, at least 2 cm in height and 1,5 cm in breadth, on a white background;
c) the ventilation of the designated smoking area is such that air from the smoking area is directly exhausted to the outside and is not re-circulated to any other area within the public place;
d) the message: “SMOKING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH AND TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN, PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING WOMEN AND NONSMOKERS. FOR HELP TO QUIT PHONE (011) 720 3145” is displayed at the entrance to the designated smoking area,

PLEASE REFER TO THE TOBACCO PRODUCTS CONTROL ACT FOR THE FULL VERSION OF THIS DOCUMENT