What does a Occupational Health and Safety attorney do?

An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) attorney practices in legal matters related to workplace health and safety. They can provide valuable assistance and guidance to employers, employees, and regulatory bodies in ensuring compliance with OHS regulations. Here's what they can do for you.:

  Regulatory Compliance: OHS attorneys can help you understand and comply with the relevant OHS laws, regulations, and standards in South Africa. They can advise on the Occupational Health and Safety Act, relevant regulations, codes of practice, and industry-specific guidelines that apply to your workplace.

  Risk Assessment and Management: They can assist in conducting OHS risk assessments and developing comprehensive risk management strategies for your workplace. They can help identify potential hazards, assess risks, and recommend measures to mitigate risks and ensure compliance with safety standards.

  OHS Policies and Procedures: OHS attorneys can help develop and review OHS policies and procedures tailored to your workplace. They can ensure that these policies align with legal requirements, industry best practices, and promote a safe working environment for employees.

  Workplace Inspections and Audits: They can conduct OHS inspections and audits of your workplace to assess compliance with OHS regulations and identify areas of improvement. They can provide recommendations on corrective actions and help you implement effective safety measures.

  Incident Investigation and Reporting: OHS attorneys can assist in investigating workplace incidents, accidents, or near misses. They can guide you through the legal requirements for incident reporting, help identify the root causes of incidents, and recommend preventive measures to avoid similar occurrences in the future.

  Compliance Training and Education: OHS attorneys can provide training and education sessions on OHS matters. They can help raise awareness among employees, supervisors, and management about their rights and responsibilities, safe work practices, and emergency procedures.

  OHS Committees and Representatives: They can advise on the establishment and functioning of OHS committees or workplace safety representatives. They can help ensure that these committees or representatives comply with legal requirements, participate in risk assessments, and effectively communicate OHS concerns to management.

  Legal Representation: OHS attorneys can represent your interests in legal proceedings related to OHS matters. They can provide legal advice, assist in dispute resolution, and represent you in negotiations, mediation, arbitration, or litigation related to workplace health and safety.

  OHS Compliance Audits and Certifications: They can help you navigate OHS compliance audits and certifications. They can assist in preparing for audits, ensuring compliance with audit requirements, and helping you obtain relevant certifications or accreditations related to workplace health and safety.

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