Introduction

WHO IS THIS MANUAL FOR

This manual is for all AISJ employees and students at AISJ.

WHAT IS THIS MANUAL FOR 

The aim of this document is to provide guidance on health safety matters at AISJ.

This manual provides an overview of current health and safety legislation and will provide a better understanding of the main issues involved in health and safety. It encourages the effective management of health and safety as a vital part of providing a safe and healthy work environment to all. Pro-actively preventing the occurrence of occupational health and safety incidents makes good sense. This manual will provide role-players with a better understanding of the main issues involved in health and safety. We trust you will find it a valuable document and useful point of reference.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO

This manual is issued as part of the AISJ Health and Safety orientation process. You will be required to acknowledge that you have received and read this document by signing an acknowledgment form.

The contents are important and might just help you save a life or prevent a serious injury. If you suspect that something is currently unsafe or unhealthy, please report it immediately then to your line manager, supervisor; teacher or health and safety representative.

Please note that AISJ is committed to Health and Safety and would gladly provide support, advice and guidance if needed.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

According to the ‘‘Bill of Rights’’ that forms parts of South Africa’s Constitution, workers and other persons are all entitled to a safe and healthy work environment.

Health and Safety in South Africa is largely governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993).

The Occupational Health and Safety Act was written to provide for the safety and health of persons at work, in connection with the use of plant and machinery.

The act seeks to protect your health and safety and the health and safety of everyone at the school.

It is a pro-active attempt by government to prevent and avoid work-related injuries and illness.

The Act creates minimum standard law that persons like the employer, employees and contractors needs to comply with. It is therefore important that all the persons working and studying at the school are aware of the inherent health and safety issues.

Please familiarize yourself with AISJ’s Health and Safety Policy document that can be found at the back of this manual. It will also be displayed on noticeboards throughout AISJ.

DUTIES OF THE AISJ TOWARDS EMPLOYEES

As an employer AISJ shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees.

This will include:

- The identification potential hazards (performing a risk assessments).
- Establish and implement the necessary measures to protect employees against these hazards.
- Provide the necessary information, instructions, training, and supervision, while keeping the employees competence in mind.
- Not permit any employee to do any work unless the precautionary measures have been taken.
- Ensure that the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act are complied with by every person in his employment or on premises
  under his control where plant or machinery is used.
- Enforce the necessary control measures as may be necessary in the interest of health and safety.
- Ensure that work is performed and machinery is used under the general supervision of a person trained to understand the hazards associated
  with it and who have the authority to ensure that precautionary measures taken by the employer are implemented.

Ensure that all employees are informed about the scope of their authority.

DUTIES OF THE AISJ TOWARDS STUDENT AND OTHER PERSONS (persons other than employees)

As an employer AISJ must ensure that persons other than workers who may be affected by work activities may not unnecessarily be exposed to hazards.

This for example could include persons like students; visitors; suppliers; contractors; suppliers; nearby communities etc.

AISJ DUTIES OF EMPLOYEES; STUDENTS AND VISITORS

Employee and student involvement is just as important as management involvement. It will simply not work if all parties don’t work together.

As an employee or student, you will be required to:

- Take care of your own Health and Safety not only for yourself but also of other people. Your actions may not expose them to hazards and
   risks.
-  You should also co-operate with the management of AISJ where a health and safety law or requirement is set.
- You must always carry out and obey health and safety related orders that may be given.
- You need to obey the health and safety rules and procedures laid down by AISJ. For example; you must wear the necessary safety clothing or
  use the given safety equipment always.
- If any unsafe or unhealthy situation is observed by you, you must report it report it immediately to your line manager, supervisor or the health and safety representative of the workplace.
- When involved in an incident that may affect your health or which has caused an injury, it must be reported to one of the abovementioned
  persons.
- These incidents need to be reported as soon as possible, but not later than the end of the school day/ shift.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR VISITORS

It is the responsibility of AISJ to ensure the Health and Safety of visitors.

If you invite visitors onto the site you are responsible for informing them of the basic Health and Safety rules and procedures. All visitors must be given the formal Health and Safety induction briefing.

CAMPUS ACCESS

All persons entering the campus are issued with a staff, parent, student or visitor card. This must be worn and displayed at all times whilst on campus.

All vehicles are checked at security by visual inspection or sniffer dogs.

Parents and staff may only enter the campus grounds if they display an AISJ sticker on their vehicles. Service providers and contractors will be accompanied by a security officer, who will remain with them for the duration of the work.

Construction contractors are to use the Contractors gate only.