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Occupational Health - Leaflet

(The Government of South Africa)
Summary
Easily accessible information for employees on what happens when there is a workplace injury or disease.

WHAT IF I GET INJURED AT WORK?

Steps to follow:

  1. Inform you Supervisor Immediately (in writing if possible, but definitely before the end of the shift). Receive First Aid Treatment if necessary.

  2. The Employer should complete "Employer's Report of Accident" form and give you Part B, which you must give to the doctor who is treating you.

  3. The doctor who treats you must complete the "First Medical Report" and a Medical Account.

  4. If your injury is very serious and takes a long time to heal, your doctor should complete a "Progress Medical Report" every month.

  5. Once your condition has stabilised, your doctor will complete the "Final Medical Report ".

  6. Your employer must complete the "Resumption Report" when you return to work.

AND IF I CONTRACT A DISEASE?

Occupation Diseases are caused by conditions a person is exposed to in the workplace. There are 28 categories of Occupational diseases which are recognised by the Compensation Commissioner (Schedule 3).

Steps to Follow:

  1. Worker informs employer.

  2. Employer sends the report to the Commissioner.

  3. Doctor submits the medical reports (including progress and final medical reports).

  4. Employer fills in the "Resumption Report".

WHAT ABOUT LEGISLATION?

Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (as amended)
Covers Health and Safety in most occupations

Administered by the Department of Labour
Mines Health and Safety Act, 1996
Covers Health and Safety in the mining industry
Administered by the Department of Minerals and Energy
Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993
Covers compensation for accidents and diseases in most work places amd the mining industry
Administered by the Department of Labour

Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act, 1973
Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Amendment Act, 60 of 2002
Covers compensation for diseases in the Mining Industry

Administered by the Department of Health
Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 75 of 1997
Covers, inter alia, basic conditions of employment
Administered by the Department of Labour
Labour Relations Act
Covers, inter alia, how the relations between employer and employees are regulated
Administered by the Department of Labour

SOME USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS

For Occupational Health & Safety Information
Department of Labour Cape Town 021 462 3680
Department of Minerals and Energy Cape Town 021 419 6105
Chief Inspector Occupational, Health and Safety Pretoria 012 309 4774
Industrial Health Research Group (IHRG) Cape Town 012 650 3508
National Centre for Occupational Health (NCOH) Johannesburg 011 720 5734
National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) Cape Town 021 949 2816
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Pretoria 012 341 2170
World Health Organisation (WHO) Pretoria 012 338 5204

For Compensation Claims, Advice and Assistance
Compensation Commissioner Pretoria 012 319 9111
Department of Labour Cape Town 021 460 5911
Advice Office Athlone 021 697 1233
Advice Office Belville 021 945 3827
Advice Office Elsies River 021 932 6039
Advice Office Mitchell's Plain 021 392 4111
Advice Office Wynberg 021 761 4136

For Programme Support
Provincial Government of the Western Cape
Department of Health
Cape Town 021 483 3863
South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN)   082 377 0838
South African Society of Occupational Medicine (SASOM)   012 664 1460
South African Institute of Occupational Hygiene   012 654 8349

For Occupational Injuries or Diseases
Occupational Medicine Clinic (NCOH)   011 720 5734
Work Health Occupational Diseases Clinic Groote Schuur Hospital 021 404 4369
Libertas Work Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre   021 591 1202 / 6385
Mercantile Medical Services Cape 021 592 2927
The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014