Consultancy Services

1. Consultancy:

WHSE Consultants offer comprehensive health, safety, and environmental consultancy services to our clients in order for them to comply with all aspects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and relevant regulations. Our Consultancy specializes in facilitating the creation, implementation, and maintenance of individualized HSE management plans and programs for diverse industries. We provide safety, health, and environmental regulation assistance with our complete range of legally compliant programs, training, and policy development plans. WHSE Consultants function in much the same capacity as a senior administrator or HSE manager would. We support your operations by creating policies and procedures, interfacing with industry regulation databases, and implementing management programs for clients and contractors.

2. Risk Assessments:

    WHSE Consultants perform the following risk assessments, – Baseline – Issue-Based and Continuous Risk Assessments on construction sites, factories, office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, etc. To ensure that safe work procedures are established and communicated to employees. WHSE Consultants shall appoint a Risk Assessor, according to the applicable regulations, who shall be responsible to do risk assessments which shall form part of the health and safety plan and file of the client, and shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • The identification of the risk and hazards to which persons may be exposed to.
  • The analysis and evaluation of the identified risks and hazards.
  • A documented plan of safe work procedures to mitigate, reduce, or control the risks and hazards that have been identified.
  • A monitoring plan.
  • A review plan.

All risk assessments will be performed in accordance with relevant internal procedures as per the required needs of the client.

3. Incident / Accident Investigations:

All incidents, whether a near miss or an actual reportable event should be investigated. Near miss reporting and investigation allow you to identify and control hazards before they cause more serious incidents. Incident investigation is a tool for uncovering hazards that either were missed earlier or have managed to slip out of controls planned for them. It is useful only when done with the aim of discovering every contributing factor to the incident to “foolproof” the condition and/or activity to prevents future occurrences. In other words, your objective is to identify root causes and not just to apportion blame. We at WHSE Consultants can offer our clients this service (and more…) when appointed as their consultants or when the need should arise.

4. Health & Safety Auditing:

A health and Safety Audit is an audit that focuses on some or all aspects of health and safety. It is a review performed to determine whether health and safety regulations, other applicable legislation and company policies (and sometimes recognized good practice) are adequately implemented and complied with.

5. Method Statement /Safe Working Procedures Development :

A work method statement sometimes referred to as a safe work method statement or SWMS or a safe work procedure, is a part of a workplace safety plan. It is predominately used in construction to describe a document that gives specific instructions on how to safely perform a work-related task, or operate a piece of plant or equipment. In many countries, it is law to have work method statements, or similar, in place to advise employees and contractors on how to perform work-related tasks safely. The statement is generally used as part of a safety induction and then referred to as required throughout a workplace; they should outline all the hazards that are likely to be encountered when undertaking a task or process and provide detailed guidance on how to carry out the task safely. A work method statement is prepared for each task on a particular worksite; the group of work method statements is then packaged and included in the overall Safety Plan. This plan is typically submitted at the beginning of a project for approval by the client or their representative.

6. Gap Analysis:

A Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) Gap Analysis is a tool that you can use to prepare your company for an inspection and to significantly improve its overall safety program. A SHE Gap Analysis allows companies to gain an understanding of the current state of their SHE program and identify gaps between the desired state and the current state. This evaluation will allow you to determine if your program is meeting its goals and objectives and where gaps are identified, provide you with an action plan for achieving them. WHSE Consultants SHE Gap Analysis’ includes but is not limited to:

  • Documentation review including permits, licenses, and registrations as well as internal SHE manuals. The review looks at whether or not documents are current and meet all regulatory requirements, and if they reflect actual company practices. Also included is a complete review of the safety files.
  • Facility safety inspection to observe actual SHE-related work practices and engineering and administrative controls.
  • Employee interviews to ask targeted questions of key individuals with SHE involvement at various levels of your organization.
  • A written report that includes a summary of regulatory deficiencies and exceptions with best industry practice. Most importantly, the report includes a list of action items that will be your roadmap for ongoing regulatory compliance.

7. Evacuation Plan / Procedure Development:

Nobody expects an emergency or disaster – especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it. WHSE Consultants help you, the employer/client, plan for that possibility. The best way to protect yourself, your workers, and your business is to expect the unexpected and develop a well-thought-out emergency action plan according to your companies individual needs to guide you when immediate action is necessary. The evacuation plan/procedure can include the following but is not limited to:

  • A preferred method for reporting fires and other emergencies;
  • An evacuation policy and procedure;
  • Emergency escape procedures and route assignments, such as floor plans, workplace maps, and safe or refuge areas;
  • Names, titles, departments, and telephone numbers of individuals both within and outside your company to contact for additional information or explanation of duties and responsibilities under the emergency plan;
  • Procedures for employees, who remain to perform or shut down critical plant operations, operate fire extinguishers.
  • Rescue and medical/ first aid duties for any workers designated to perform them; designated assembly location and procedures to account for all employees after an evacuation.

8. QMS / OHSAS / SHEQ System Development & Implementation:

After completion of the Risk Assessment, WHSE Consultants shall develop a health, safety and environmental plan to satisfy legal requirements as well as specific client needs. The health, safety and environmental plan shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Introduction, scope and key objectives
  • Health, safety, and environmental policy
  • Project reporting responsibilities and organization chart
  • Applicable standards
  • Hazard management and risk assessment
  • Recruitment and induction
  • Materials and management
  • Sub-contractor management
  • Health and occupational hygiene
  • Workplace inspection monitoring and audits
  • Evacuation plans
  • Applicable documents and forms
  • Terminology

9. Safety File Development:

WHSE Consultants can provide our clients with a safety file specific to their needs, whether this is a generic file that you as the client wants to build yourself or a comprehensive client specific file. The files can include the following but are not limited to:

 

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Reference Documents
  • Section 3: Definitions and terminology
  • Section 4: Roles & Responsibilities
  • Section 5: Objectives & Targets
  • Section 6: Planning & Procedures
  • Section 7: Health & Safety Specification Implementation
  • Section 8: Application of the Health & Safety Specification
  • 8.1 Compensation for Occupational Injury & Diseases
  • 8.2 Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • 8.3 Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment
  • 8.4 Health & Safety Committees
  • 8.5 Health & Safety Training
  • 8.6 General Record Keeping
  • 8.7 Incentives
  • 8.8 Penalties
  • 8.9 Emergency Procedures
  • 8.10 Hazards & Potentially Hazardous Situations
  • 8.11 PPE & Clothing
  • 8.12 Safety Signage
  • 8.13 Permits
  • 8.14 Contractors & Suppliers
  • Section 9: Health & Safety Practice
  • 9.1 Excavations
  • 9.2 Demolition
  • 9.3 Stacking of Materials & Housekeeping
  • 9.4 Hazardous Chemical Substances
  • 9.5 Asbestos
  • 9.6 Plant & Machinery

ANNEXURES/ADDENDUMS:

  • A Health & Safety Policy
  • B Hazardous Task Identification
  • C Risk Assessment
  • D Induction
  • E Toolbox Talk
  • F Audit Schedule

 

10. Fall Protection Plan Development:

WHSE Consultants create for our clients at all Protection Plan (FPP) that brings all the information about a worksite and safety together. This is to prevent injuries and falls at height if there is a risk of a worker falling. By using an FPP you can make the work area safe for anybody working at heights, and the people working on the site will know of all the hazards and the rescue procedures. All working at heights sites and work must have an FPP before any person is allowed to work at heights, and it must be ensured that everyone understands the procedure in the FPP according to the OHASA and the Construction Regulation section 10: Fall Protection Plan means a documented plan which includes and provides for but is not limited to:

  • All risks pertaining to working from fall risk position considering the nature of the work undertaken;
  • The procedures and methods to be applied in order to eliminate the risk of falling and
  • A rescue plan and procedure.