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Designing for Construction Health and Safety (H&S) 1-Day Seminar

Summerstrand Hotel, Port Elizabeth, Monday, 20 August 2018

East London Golf Club, East London, Tuesday 21 August 2018

 Introduction

The first version of this unique seminar was first presented by Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE) in Port Elizabeth on 3 December 2009. It evolved from the half-day South African Institute of Architectural Technologists (SAIAT) Construction Health and Safety Seminar presented on 17 May 2008 at SAIAT’s AGM in Port Elizabeth. More recently, an updated version was presented under the auspices of ACHASM in Bloemfontein on 13 March 2018. It will be staged in other cities in September and October 2018.

Two of fifteen specific outcomes include an increased ability to: understand and appreciate the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to construction H&S, and understand and appreciate the importance of addressing construction H&S during the design, planning, and documentation stages of a project.  

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

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THE ROLE OF PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION HEALTH AND SAFETY 01-02 October 2018

SUMMIT THEME

The summit theme ‘The Role of Procurement and SCM in Construction H&S’ focuses on issues and processes related to appointing and managing stakeholders in terms of H&S. This focus will include the interface between clients, construction project managers, construction H&S agents, designers, quantity surveyors, contractors (construction managers), subcontractors (construction managers), and suppliers, including construction H&S managers and officers, and other stakeholders. The theme was identified due to the role of procurement and SCM in H&S, the issues that arise, and mention of the supply chain relative to ‘accidents’, and collapses in the media.   

OBJECTIVES

Upon the 11th anniversary of the Association of Construction Health & Safety Management (ACHASM), the 7th annual event will take the form of a summit, which will provide a forum for construction industry stakeholders to address construction H&S related matters with emphasis on procurement and SCM in construction H&S. The summit will be commercial in nature and aims to stimulate interaction between all the stakeholders active in the industry.

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Department of Labour hosts workshop on interpretation and guidance on the Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations

The Department of Labour’s  Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Directorate within the Inspection and Enforcement Services Branch will be hosting a workshop on 22 June 2018 at Lethabo Power Station (Vereeniging). The purpose of the workshop is to provide interpretation and guidance on the Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations. The workshop will be running under the theme “How safe is the transportation of people and goods within South African buildings”. These regulations apply to any person who has permanent lifts, escalator or passenger conveyor on his or her premises or any person who carries out work on lifts, escalators or passenger conveyors.

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Ex-mineworkers are warned against unsavory elements acting as agents for unclaimed benefit applications

As the registration of ex-mineworkers for unclaimed benefits by the Department of Labour and its entity, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), gains momentum in the Northern Cape Province, the Department has received reports that there are people operating in the Province targeting ex-mineworkers with a promise of assisting them with their claims for a fee. 

“As the Department of Labour we would like to warn our people against these suspicious criminal act and we urge them to  wait for the campaign to be publicised  and  reach their towns and respective areas, We have no relationship with any forum or agent purporting to act as middlemen for application intended for unclaimed benefits.  We distance ourselves from such acts and urge our people to report those people at their nearest Police”, said Acting Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Ms Emily Maneli. 

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African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2018

The South African government plans to invest ZAR 947 billion in public sector infrastructure, creating great business opportunities for both local and international operators to capitalise on this growth. 

Against this backdrop, on the 16 and 17 May, the 6th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo (Johannesburg) will set the stage for you to increase your sales and speak directly to the decision-makers and influencers within the African built environment sector. 

The show is selling out fast - book your space now!

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Designing for Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Seminar

Bloemfontein
Tuesday 13 March 2018

THE NEED FOR THE SEMINAR

In terms of ‘Structures 6(1)’, the Construction Regulations require a range of health and safety (H&S) interventions by designers. Furthermore, there is a need in South Africa for holistically educated clients, project managers, architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, quantity surveyors, construction managers, and construction H&S consultants. Currently, most tertiary built environment programmes, particularly designer related, do not address construction H&S, and if so, then to a limited or cursory extent.In terms of ‘Structures 6(1)’, the Construction Regulations require a range of health and safety (H&S) interventions by designers. Furthermore, there is a need in South Africa for holistically educated clients, project managers, architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, quantity surveyors, construction managers, and construction H&S consultants. Currently, most tertiary built environment programmes, particularly designer related, do not address construction H&S, and if so, then to a limited or cursory extent.

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ACHASM Western Cape Chapter Notice of Presentation Cape Town, 5 March 2018

Support work and scaffolding continue 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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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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  1. Re: SACPCMP Forensic Investigation

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

    -- Gerrit Kruyswijk