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, whether you require assistance with –

  • Covid-19 Compliance
  • Auditing
  • Incident investigations
  • Behavioural Change Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Establishment of H&S Committees
  • Objective and Target setting
  • Supplier Vetting
  • Contractor Vetting
  • COID Assistance
  • Development of Policies
  • Hygiene Programmes
  • Development of registers and inspections
  • Premises Monitoring
  • Disaster Management Plans
  • Business Continuity Plans
  • SWP and SOP Development
  • Fire Management
  • Emergency Management
  • First Aid Management
  • Department of Labour Assistance
  • Employee Awareness Programmes
  • Training
  • PPE Management and Supply
  • Signage Management & Supply
  • Construction Safety

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.

HOW WE ASSIST COMPANIES WITH ENSURING A SAFE WORKING

We are an innovative and client-orientated company which strives to meet our clients’ every need in food safety consulting and food safety management systems. ACS Empowerment Solutions provides you with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point programs, written documentation of self-inspections and monitoring, and recall plan management are required for many food industries. Crisis management plans that include step-by-step recall plans, prepared consumer notification statements, and dedicated resources to manage an incident can mitigate the costs of food safety incidents such as intentional adulteration of food, accidental contamination, and suppliers shipping contaminated raw ingredients.

ACS Empowerment Solutions supplier management and food traceability programs are also important factors in promoting food safety within the workplace. As the global network of suppliers increases, the complexity of food with many ingredients also rises. Prepared foods made with multiple ingredients from global sources can present a challenge if contamination is found to be present. Pinpointing ingredients implicated in an outbreak might require a lengthy and tedious investigation. However, our consulting combined with new technology fast tracks investigations, pinpoint the problem, and reduce losses for existing and new clients.

Our other services include:

  • Auditing
  • Incident investigations
  • Behavioural Change Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Allergen Management
  • Development of Policies
  • Hygiene Programmes
  • Pest Control Programmes
  • Development of registers and inspections
  • Premises Monitoring
  • Disaster Management Plans
  • SWP and SOP Development
  • Establishment of Food Safety Committees
  • Objective and Target setting
  • Supplier Vetting
  • Food Traceability
  • Fire Management
  • Emergency Management
  • First Aid Management
  • Department of Employment & Labour Assistance
  • Employee Awareness Programmes
  • Training
  • PPE Management and Supply
  • Signage Management & Supply

SOFTWARE & 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:

Streamlined Process Food – and Occupational Safety Management

  • 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

Assistance with Regulatory Compliance

  • 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

Identifies and Mitigates Operational Risks

  • 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

Enhances Operational Resilience

  • 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

Improves Worker Safety, Customer Resilience, and safe products

  • 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

Consulting

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 Offered

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.

Minimal Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Corporate Package

This package has been designed specifically for those businesses who fall under the corporate industry to ensure that they become minimally compliant with the required Health and Safety regulations.

Monthly consultation consists of:

  • Establishing goals and objectives
  • Risk assessment of business
  • Drafting and implementation of legal appointments
  • Develop and conduct inspections
  • Safety and Health committee setup and attendance
  • Assist with Workman’s Compensation
  • Develop Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)
  • Facilitate monthly awareness sessions
  • Emergency management
  • Conduct annual audits

Approximate package price: R1 300 per month excl. VAT

General Industry Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Package

This package includes all aspects of the above corporate package but is mostly catered towards businesses operating internationally or in international activities such as importing and exporting.

Monthly consultation consists of:

  • Industry specific Health and Safety compliance
  • Objective and target setting
  • Risk Assessment development
  • Drafting and implementation of appointments as required by legislation
  • Facilitate the nomination of Health and Safety representatives
  • Conduct SHE meetings

Provide assistance with:

  • COIDA claims
  • Department of Labour
  • Develop and implement:
  • Fire management and response plans
  • Injury management and response plans
  • Hazardous chemical substance management plans
  • Behaviour change management plans

Management of:

  • Occupational medicals
  • Occupational hygiene surveys
  • Contractors
  • Conduct audits and provide audit representation and assistance
  • Provide statistical review of safety system

 Approximate package price: R2 300 per month

Food and Safety Products in the General Food Industry: Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Package

This package is designed around achieving compliance to food safety and handling of food regulations and standards for those businesses in the basic hospitality industry and those that incorporate elements of the hospitality industry.

Monthly consultation consists of:

  • Risk Assessment development
  • Drafting and implementation of appointments as required by legislation

Management of:

  • First aid and incident management
  • Chemical management
  • Supplier management
  • Behaviour change management
  • Occupational Health surveys
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)
  • Conduct ongoing management review

Conduct audits and provide audit representation and assistance

Provide statistical review of safety system

Approximate package price: R1 700 per month

Food and Safety Products in the Food Industry: Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Package

This package is designed around achieving food safety compliance for those businesses in the food industry.

Monthly consultation consists of:

  • Risk Assessment development
  • Drafting and implementation of appointments as required by legislation
  • Develop and implement policies
  • Facilitate the nomination of food and safety representatives
  • Food safety hazard identification, risk assessment and response plans (HIRA)

Develop:

  • Legal appointments with managers and staff
  • Food safety checklists and inspection registers
  • Personal hygiene management
  • Traceability, allergen and product protection plans
  • Incident management procedure
  • Behavioural change management plans
  • Chemical management and control plan
  • Pest control management plan
  • Waste management plan
  • Conduct food and safety committee meetings

Monitor monthly compliance

Conduct audits and provide audit representation and assistance

Provide statistical review of safety system

 

Approximate package price: R3 300 per month

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR BUSINESS HEALTH AND SAFETY?