Project: Occupational health and safety management system audit of Dormac (PTY) LTD

Completed but not published

This project was submitted on 03/07/2014

This research introduces a method for auditing occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) of Dormac Marine and Engineering in Cape Town South Africa. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1983 (Act 85 of 1993) of South Africa placed statutory obligation upon industries to ensure the implementation of health and safety procedures and practices in the workplace. OHSMS is essential in promoting a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows organisation to consistently identify and control its health and safety risks and improve overall performance in accordance with international accepted standards. The research strategies were decided along a continuum, with experiments, such as comprehensive occupational medical surveillance examinations in respect to noise induced hearing loss, occupational lung disease measurement and tuberculosis assessment. Further data were gathered from interviews with top management, employees, recording outcome of direct observations and examination and collection of data form records as well as distribution of questionnaires to staff of the company. The results show that all the sections in the company that were evaluated failed to reach a best practice score of 80%. The results also revealed that OHSMS is not yet fully practiced in the company. The average percentage score of Dormac conformances OH&S practices to potential achievable standard of BS 18001:2007 standard is 43%. It is therefore recommended that OHSMS be implemented as part of risk management strategy to address changing legislation and protect their workforce, while the critical elements with score from 10% to 30% should receive management attention within 3 months. It has become pertinent that OHSMS be taken as indicator of safety management standard and sustainable development ability for all companies, not just in South Africa but for all African countries and other developing nations that are yet to adopt it.

Policies, Risk management

Organisation: University of South Wales

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Principal Investigator: Emmanuel Folami

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