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Vlame OHS Services operates as a business with the purpose of managing and controlling the following through service, advice and consultation: the Occupational Health and Safety Act no. 85 of 1993, including the Construction Regulations of 2003 and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act of 1993 (COIDA).
The employer is responsible for: identifying all possible risks in the workplace; then informing employees and ensuring that they are not exposed to these risks during the course of their employment; eliminating or reducing these risks through education, training and an improved safe and healthy environment.
Vlame OHS Services specialize in the full implementation of the OHS Act and is committed to keeping your company within the law at all times. As your appointed Health and Safety Co-ordinaters, Vlame OHS Services will be present at any inspection by the Department of Labour in order to answer any queries relating to the Act.Background to Vlame-SA Occupational Health & Safety
The first office of Vlame OHS was opened in 2005 in Cape Town; the company expanded to Mosselbay in 2006. During this time the company's main focus was on health and safety in the construction and civil engineering industries, where it gained invaluable experience.
During 2008, it was decided to expand the company into a national group with franchises in all 9 provinces. This allows the company to provide services to clients with national interests. It was also decided to extend the scope of the company's operation to include all industries.
Franchises are currently operating in the Western Cape, Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with the head office situated in Somerset West. Marketing and sales in the remaining 5 provinces will commence early in 2010.B-BBEE status
The company is rated as being a level four contributor to B-BBEE and has a procurement recognition of 100%.Qualifications & experience
The company strives to ensure its entire team is suitably qualified for the services rendered through continuous training in the relevant fields. The following qualifications are held by one or more of the team members:
Some of the members in the group have more than 35 years of experience in the Health & Safety industry. Experience relating to Health & Safety at the workplace has been gained in South Africa as well as abroad (UK & Africa).
The company's initial focus was the construction and civil engineering industries and it has gained extensive experience in these fields. Due to the increasing demand on other industries to comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act, a decision was made in 2008 to extend the services offered to all industries. The group has successfully penetrated the following markets:
We believe that all employers have a moral, legal and financial reason for safeguarding the health and safety of employees and others affected by their activities. Extensive experience of accidents on sites (often fatal) has illustrated the financial cost of site closure, the huge negative impact on staff morale that can follow a serious accident and the possibility of individuals or employers being prosecuted for their acts or omissions.
Our experience with existing and previous clients, projects and contractors suggests that regular visits (at least weekly) are in the best interests of a project of this nature. Although the Regulations state that inspections of the site must be done at least monthly, this is only a legal minimum and, we believe, would not necessarily address ongoing, and often serious, safety concerns on site in a timeous manner - particularly where public safety issues and contractor safety coordination issues are of prime concern.
Visiting on a regular basis establishes a constructive relationship with the clients, which serves health and safety goals far better than visiting on a monthly basis. We have established good working relationships with contractors on numerous projects and "held their hands" where appropriate in order to guide them through the safety documentary process. Many clients have had their first experience of the Regulations through dealing with our company as Client Agent or Safety Advisor and it is a process we are familiar with and comfortable with.
Visiting on a frequent basis offers the best opportunity for training in Regulation requirements and monitoring that safety, particularly on public safety matters, is being rigorously followed.Vlame Occupational Health and Safety Response
We have been in communication with the local Department of Labour about the Approved Inspection Authority (A.I.A) requirement and have been informed: that it is not as yet a legal requirement that the client agent be an A.I.A; and that as matters now stand there is no A.I.A status available for safety consultants to apply for client agent or general safety consultancy work. It is a development that we warmly welcome though, as it will be a means of regulating our industry professionally. We have initiated enquiries on how we can apply for this newly required A.I.A status when it becomes available and we have no doubt that with our experience and qualifications we will qualify as an A.I.A. However, at present we await the procedure on how to do this from the Department of Labour. We are strong and verbal advocates for the general regulation of the industry, to ensure that no lives are lost where this could have been prevented.