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Health & Safety

One-Day ACHASM Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Symposium, Gauteng 2018

Bytes Conference Centre, Halfway Gardens, Midrand, South Africa,
12 March 2018

Presentations will include, among other: building information modelling and H&S, client baseline risk assessments; Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) update; Department of Labour (DoL) update; Federated Employers Mutual Assurance (FEMA) update; H&S culture, medical surveillance; motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) during construction; SACPCMP update; SMEs / subcontractors and H&S; support work and formwork, and role of procurement in H&S.

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Competency, Accountability, Professionalism, and Planning for H&S - 2 Day Summit

2017 is the tenth anniversary of ACHASM, and the first ACHASM symposium / summit was staged in 2011. The objective of the summit is to provide a forum for construction industry role players to address construction H&S related matters with specific emphasis on topical issues, the development of knowledge and skills areas / competency, and professionalism.
The summit will be of relevance to architects, construction H&S agents / managers / officers, construction project managers, engineers, inspectors, interior designers, quantity surveyors, and all interested construction role players.

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SACPCMP Forensic Investigation

ACHASM would like to notify its members that the SACPCMP has launched a forensic investigation into alleged corrupt and unethical activities by employees and external assessors.  The investigation will be carried out by a reputable independent firm and has already been set in motion.  It must also be noted that the investigation is not limited to the health & safety division of the SACPCMP but involves the wider project and construction manager sector as well.

 We would further encourage our members to divulge any such corrupt or unethical activities to us or directly to the SACPCMP for investigation in an effort to uphold the integrity of our profession and to root out those individuals who intend to undermine our values and put the lives of construction workers at undue risk

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Western Cape Chapter Meeting

The Western Cape Chapter will be having a meeting on Thursday the 10th August 2017 from 16h00 to 18h30 at CPUT, Bellville campus (exact auditorium to be confirmed closer the time)

Topic to be discussed: Designing for construction health & safety.

Presenter: Anton Krause representing RAG Strategists and ACHASM.

Please RSVP before 28 July to accommodate seating, thanks.

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ACHASM Eastern Cape Chapter - Notice of Presentation

Port Elizabeth, 2 August 2017

Please note this awesome opportunity! We are privileged to present the speaker, Dévan Venter, Lead Engineer, PERI, based in Durban, to the NMB construction community.


Support work continues to remain a challenge, collapses and other incidents featuring regularly in the media, and in industry anecdotes. 

The presentation will be of relevance to architects, Construction H&S Agents / Managers / Officers, engineers, inspectors, project managers, quantity surveyors, and all interested construction role players.

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Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference

Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference

"Towards better Safety, Health, Well-being, and Life in Construction"

Cape Town, South Africa, 11-13 June 2017

Workshops, Sunday 11 June 2017

Construction constitutes a challenge in terms of ergonomics as it requires work above shoulder level and below waist height. Furthermore, designers are required to consider ergonomics throughout all stages of projects. A range of client, designer, construction project manager, quantity surveyor, contractor, and material manufacturer / supplier interventions can complement construction ergonomics. Furthermore, the draft Ergonomics Regulations published for public comment on 27 January 2017, amplify the need for the construction industry to focus on ergonomics. 

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SACPCMP - Constructing new Perspectives

 The SACPCMP held a wonderfully informative conference from the 26th to the 28th of October: 'Constructing new Perspectives' 

The topics were carefully selected and strategically aligned to the NDP, which provides the experience, shared perspectives and common vision for us all. As such the NDP informs the remarkable theme of this conference: 'Towards growth, development and transformation in Construction and Project Management Professions.'

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ACHASM Summit "A big success!"

The Annual ACHASM Summit took place in October this year. It was very well attended and, from all accounts, thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. 

The wide range of topics meant that there was something of interest for all participants.  A very big thank you to all of our guest speakers & to our main sponsor, PERI. without whom the 2 days could not have been as successful as what they were. 

From discovering hidden talents (thank-you Louis for all your IT support!), to hearing about all of the latest happenings in our Guest Speakers' areas of expertise, the 2 days proved to be an invaluable learning experience. 

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2016 ACHASM SUMMIT - Occupational Safety and Health



The theme was identified due to the increased media coverage afforded the construction industry in terms of ‘accidents’, in addition to the incidence of fatalities, notwithstanding the fact that ‘one fatality is one too many’. 

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African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos are the definitive African educational and networking platform for insights on the latest developments and technologies associated with the cement, concrete and construction industry.

The interactive discussions focus on challenges and solutions of new developments and also identify new opportunities for the industry. International, high-level speakers will present their views through presentations, case studies and interactive panels. 

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  1. Re: SACPCMP Forensic Investigation

    Does this investigation include misconduct by registered professionals who make false representations...

    -- Gerrit Kruyswijk