HEALTH AND SAFETY

THE NEED FOR SAFETY AT THE WORKPLACE

Health and safety are integral parts of a broader environment and workforce sustainability strategy that reduces the risk of harm to colleagues and helps them remain healthy, engaged, and productive.

The Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations 85 of 1993 applies to all employers, employees (including fixed-term and temporary employees) and self-employed people in their workplaces. The Act describes the rights and obligations of both employers and employees and provides for substantial fines and penalties for breaches of the health and safety legislation.

Occupational health and safety is a major consideration for successful businesses – the welfare and safety of your staff must be of paramount importance because, as the adage states, “people are your most important asset”. In addition, apart from looking after your own personnel directly, a good set of Health & Safety policies will also have a secondary effect: you may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, suppliers, nearby communities, and other members of the public who are impacted by your workplace environment.

HOW WE ASSIST COMPANIES WITH ENSURING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL

We are an innovative and client-orientated company which strives to meet our clients’ every need in occupational health and safety consulting and H&S management systems.

ACS Empowerment Solutions provides you with an extensive selection of H&S services, allowing you the freedom to choose those services which you need either immediately to comply with legislation or in the future to reach best practices. 

We recognize that not all businesses are created equal or have the same requirements which is why we offer a customized client-centric service based on your needs and budget.

COVID-19 Compliance
Risk Assessments
Workman’s Compensation Claims
H&S System Implementation
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FOOD SAFETY

The need for food safety

Each year, more than 600 million people become ill from unsafe food, and an estimated 42,000 of those people will die from their illness. These alarming statistic is why the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have prioritised food safety as a public health issue.

How food is managed from farm to fork helps avoid contamination by pesticides and other chemicals, pathogens that can be transmitted by food and water, foreign materials that can work their way into food, intentional adulteration, safe transporting of product (making sure temperature controls and other factors work in favour of safety), proper labeling and packaging, and consumer mishandling.

Contaminated food products cost the South African economy millions per year. Aside from the legal and medical costs to consumers harmed in food borne outbreaks, there are other costs incurred by companies involved in contaminated products.

Removing tainted products from store shelves and restaurants, ensuring the certified destruction of contaminated products, and notifying consumers also add to the losses. Some companies cannot rebound from the financial and reputational loss of a high-profile outbreak.  In recent decades, several outbreaks and recalls in the South Africa have cost producers and manufacturers hundreds of millions of rands each. Smaller companies, especially, may not have the funds necessary to adequately prepare for an incident and may not have the established brand loyalty needed to retain consumers. The regulatory process governing food and beverages varies from one country to the next, but essential elements are present in most regulatory bodies.

BRC Implementation
Global Gap Assistance
R638 Compliance
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Software And Consulting Elements

ACS Empowerment Solutions online SHEF (Safety, Health, Environmental & Food safety) software solution addresses all your needs through a single, integrated platform which provides the following benefits:

  • Centralizes all information on process hazards, risks and controls
  • Provides consistent SHEF information throughout the enterprise
  • Shares best practices and lessons learned to improve efficiency
  • Assists with complying with the OHS Act, Regulations, Food Safety Regulations and Food Safety Standards
  • Aligned with international standards
  • Prepares for audits by documenting compliance
  • Centralizes all compliance tasks in one single location
  • Centralizes all risk sources in a single platform
  • Improves risk mitigation through a single enterprise-wide risk register and risk control library
  • Raises risk awareness by providing visibility to all H&S risks throughout the enterprise
  • Improves collaboration by providing enterprise-wide access to process risks, hazards and controls
  • Enables safe, efficient and reliable operations
  • Increases efficiency and accountability through real-time notifications and approvals
  • Reduces the risk of incidents that could result in a release of highly hazardous chemicals
  • Gains visibility over all potential health, occupational safety and food safety hazards throughout the enterprise
  • Effectively conducts incident/event management, processes hazard analysis and manages change to enhance the safety culture

Our consulting service promotes holistic business practices that enhance the quality of life and prevents avoidable losses to people, property and the environment. Our consultants assist with continual improvement through performance analysis / review and by recommending appropriate actions to ensure you as client remains compliant and informed. ACS Empowerment Solutions is a member of SAIOSH and a professional health, safety and environmental business operating throughout South Africa.

SHEF Packages

With the implementation of the SHEQX system, clients will not only be able to monitor and manage their Health and Safety compliance but they will also be able to ensure that they are meeting minimal compliance in all aspects of business.

There are four different packages offered to ensure that businesses meet the necessary Health and Safety compliance standards in their specific industry all with the use of the SHEQX electronic platform.

Office Safety

Corporate Compliance Package
  • Electronic SHE Platform
  • Conduct Risk Assessments
  • Inspect and Update Registers
  • Draft & Implement SOP's
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Health & Safety

Business's Operating Internationally
  • Industry Specific H&S Compliance
  • Develop Risk Assessments
  • Assist with COIDA Claims
  • Conduct Monthly Audits

Food Safety

Food & Safety Products
  • Food Hazard Identification
  • Food Chain Risk Assessment
  • Response Plans (HIRA)
  • Incident Management Procedures

COIDA

Compliance
  • Capture Claims
  • Manage IOD Claims
  • Receovery of IOD Costs
  • Assist With Changing Class

Do none of our packages suit your business?

We offer tailor made services to business's that do not require a one size fits all package. 

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PIETER STEINMANN
Director | Health & Safety | Quality

E: pieter@acsempower.co.za

JO-ANNE HANEKOM
Director | Health & Safety | Food Safety

E: joanne@acsempower.co.za