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Vigilant OHS in the metal and steel industry must be implemented to curtail daily injuries

(Partner Content) Vigilant Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in the South African Metal and Steel Industry are of paramount importance, a fact underscored by the 140 injuries that take place every day in this work arena.


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To reduce and control injuries, and to implement the safety standards demanded by the OHS Act, is no easy task. But that problem has been solved with a high-tech online system. This offers companies substantial returns on their investments (ROI) for reaching OHS compliance levels.

MAKROSAFE is a leading South African OHS consultancy and it has introduced an innovative SafetyWallet programme. Powered by OHS Online, this state-of-the-art technology is user-friendly and a valuable time-saver. The SafetyWallet is twofold – it offers companies fantastic gains on their investment, both financially as well as in terms of meeting the stringent compliance demands of the OHS Act.

Example of SafetyWallet rewards

The SafetyWallet both encourages and rewards members for OHS compliance achievements. Apart from the OHS Act, Metal and Engineering Industry employers must also adhere to all other relevant OHS legislation, regulations, standards, as well as Metropolitan and Municipal By-Laws that relate to OHS in the workplace. Supported by its online technology, MAKROSAFE provides the tools and support to ensure OHS compliance, while dangling the carrot of a reward as an incentive to achieve outstanding health and safety results.

How the SafetyWallet Programme Works

SafetyWallet and MAKROSAFE offers Metal and Engineering Industry employers four different SafetyWallet programmes, based on their number of employees. These are:

  • Friends Circle – (1 to 50 Employees)
  • Family Circle – (51 to 100 Employees)
  • Champion Circle –  (101 to 300 Employees)
  • Pinnacle Circle – (300+ Employees)

Once a company joins the programme it immediately qualifies for several enticing rewards discounts. To qualify for the discounts, companies must complete an OHS Compliance Audit. SafetyWallet provides a detailed audit report that highlights measures to be implemented to enhance health and safety compliance. This not only decreases the number of risk factors but also ensures additional and lucrative rewards.

Rewards discounts are offered on a tiered scale, according to membership. These are:

  • Friend Circle 25%
  • Family Circle 30%
  • Champion Circle 35%
  • Pinnacle Circle 40%

SafetyWallet benefits

The following benefits are included in the programme:

  • OHS Online Cloud-Based Health and Safety Management System
  • 26 Health and Safety E-learning Training modules
  • 1,200 (and growing) Task Templates with associated Hazards and Risks
  • Legal appointment letter templates per current legislation
  • 46 Inspection checklists via the OHS online mobile app that can be easily downloaded onto any android device
  • Contractors control and management support
  • Toolbox talks
  • Safety alerts
  • Weekly Legislative updates on applicable legislation
  • Workman Compensation compliance verification and rebate applications
  • Membership Certificate
  • Telephonic support

Example of SafetyWallet ROIs

SafetyWallet offers companies fantastic returns on their investment when upgrading, monitoring and achieving OHS standards. Here we take a look at the ROIs offered in the Friend Circle (One to 50 employees).

  • Health and Safety Compliance Gap Analysis

Saving: R 9 217.60

ROI: 118.17%

  • Health and Safety Risk Assessment

Saving: R 3 717.00

ROI: 165.83%

  • Health and Safety (on-site) Implementation

Saving: R 7 208.00

ROI: 366.91%

  • Maintaining Health and Safety Programme

Annual Saving: R 52 343.33

ROI: 671.07%

The metal industry and GDP

The Metal and Engineering Industry has a huge impact on South Africa’s GDP, contributing 15% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. This fact is of particular relevance because of the hazardous nature of the manufacturing industry. This underlines the importance of hazard management such as:

  • Risks associated with machinery
  • Hazard containment by implementing the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Regular first aid training sessions

OHS compliance services offered by SafetyWallet

Together with MAKROSAFE and its innovative SafetyWallet, Metal and Engineering Industry companies can now enjoy a total solution to achieve and maintain OHS compliance levels. These include:

Health and Safety Compliance Audit

This ensures the OHS Act, Regulations, Standards and By-Laws compliance and reveals any legal shortcomings. This is an extremely important factor in the metal industry and must be performed by an external audit company such as MAKROSAFE.

Risk Assessment

No company can comply with the OHS Act unless risk assessments are held regularly. Risk assessments are regarded as the most important aspect of the OHS Act. With help from SafetyWallet and MAKROSAFE, companies can manage and identify workplace hazards and so ensure the safety of their employees.

Implementing Health and Safety Programmes with SafetyWallet

Health and Safety is an unending challenge for the metal industry. It requires the involvement of specialists, as well as an in-depth understanding of all relevant legislation. SafetyWallet helps companies to streamline strategies and procedures that endorse Health and Safety compliance.


Workplace inspections help to reduce and/or prevent fatalities, accidents, injuries, incidents and illnesses. A critical and unbiased examination of the workplace will identify hazards and generate a corrective plan of action. Health and Safety committees should also be appointed to regularly conduct, monitor, plan and report on inspections to ensure effective OHS strategies. Specialists from MAKROSAFE provide quality and functional services to control damage in a time of disaster.

Injuries on Duty (IOD)

Preventing accidents is a priority. So, too, are IOD accident-prevention measures that adhere to administrative follow-ups with authorities. This is a time-consuming job that demands attention to detail. MAKROSAFE and SafetyWallet works in the interest of employees, ensuring uninterrupted workplace continuity. With an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, as well as specialising in the OHS Act, MAKROSAFE and SafetyWallet consultancy services are invaluable to companies.

Maintaining Health and Safety Programmes with SafetyWallet

Health and Safety measures must be maintained in the metal industry but require many administrative follow-ups and processes. It requires impartial observations and knowledge to implement solutions. With MAKROSAFE and SafetyWallet, Health and Safety programmes can curtail hazards and ensure a risk-free workplace. These measures are monitored by trained and compliant professionals.

Additional Services

Clients have the added advantage of making use of various additional services offered by MAKROSAFE and SafetyWallet to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. These include:

  • Arranging and Managing Medicals
  • Emergency Preparedness – Fire Drill and Post Mortem
  • Evacuation plans
  • Load Testing
  • Managing and Tracking IOD’s
  • Refilling and providing first aid boxes
  • Servicing fire equipment
  • Site Files
  • Telephone Support on Health and Safety Matters
  • Writing and Customising Safe Operating Procedures

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