Slips, trips and falls are the largest cause of accidents in all sectors from heavy manufacturing to office work. Other hazards include falling objects, thermal and chemical burns, fires and explosions, dangerous substances and stress. To prevent accidents occurring in the workplace, employers should establish a safety management system that incorporates risk assessment and monitoring procedures.
This guide was written in the interest of the health and safety of workers in South Africa. It is not intended as a substitute for the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993. It is intended to explain the Act in simple, non-legal terms to all the role players in the South African occupational health and safety field. To this end the role of the occupational health and safety (OHS) inspectors of the Department of Labour is explained. The duties
and rights of workers, as extended to them in the Act, are set out. The roles and responsibilities of employers, manufacturers, designers, importers, suppliers and sellers, in ensuring the health and safety of workers are highlighted.
Culture of neglect of workplace health and safety impacts not only on the healthcare workers, but also contributes to a declining quality of healthcare that they are able to provide to the communities they serve .The findings of this collaborative participatory research project were published in few journals namely: The State of Occupational Health and Safety in Municipal Health Clinics in South Africa.