Ergonomics is progressively becoming a part of our Occupational Health and Safety in South Africa. Currently there are various excerpts of legislation pertaining to Ergonomics in South Africa.
CIRCULAR INSTRUCTION NO. 180. Circular Instruction 180 regarding the compensation of Work-related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs). Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act no 130 of 1993), as amended.
CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS, 2014. Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act no 130 of 1993), as amended.
7. Risk assessment
6) A contractor shall ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable, Ergonomic-related hazards are analyzed, evaluated and addressed in the risk assessment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT WORK REGULATION
Schedule 2: Summary of regulations on the health and safety of children at work and on (sic) hazardous work by children
Lifting of heavy weights
1) A child worker performing any work may not, as part of their work, lift an object weighing more than –
a) the lesser of 15 kg or 20 % of the child’s body weight;
b) more than 7,5 kg more than once per minute.
2) A child worker may not lift objects weighing more than 5 kg at work for more than 2 hours without being granted a 30-minute period in which he or she is not required to lift such a weight.
Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996)
Chapter 2 Health and Safety at Mines
Section 21(1)(c) of the Act states that: any person who designs, manufactures, erects or installs any article for use at a mine must ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that Ergonomic principles are considered and implemented during the design, manufacture, erection or installation. Mine management must ensure that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) comply with this requirement.