The basics of the BEEHIVE OH&S way
BEEHIVE OH&S is committed to enhancing occupational health and safety The CEO is a registered member of the professional body for occupational health and safety practitioners in South Africa—the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh).
Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 and other relevant regulations is a clear requirement for local organisations. In addition, there are also other factors to consider:
• Business considerations: The risk to have insurance claims invalidated or not paid out because of non-compliance—either by yourself or by sub-contractors. Also reduced risks of fines, litigation and criminal prosecution.
• Bottom line: A well-manage OH&S plan contributes to reducing business costs and disruption, and therefore contributes to a healthy company bottom line.
• Human resources considerations: financial and reputational risks relating to potential health and safety-related claims for incidents affecting staff. Also, employees are more productive and likely to stay in their jobs when their health and safety is taken into consideration.
• Consumer-related issues include potential major insurance claims. If either you or your sub-contractors do not comply with health and safety regulations, a major claim could become financially crippling.
• Marketing and reputation issues: non-compliance could have severe financial, legal and reputational effects (mass media, social media fall-outs).
• Skills development: A well-planned programme contributes to skills development in the areas of safety, health and environment.
Leo van der Walt leads the business and provides OH&S management services that are both professional and fit for purpose. He is a registered member of the professional body for occupational health and safety practitioners in South Africa—the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh).
In 2012 he turned his experience as entrepreneur and manager of various companies in various sectors (among others national distribution, hospitality services and financial services) into creating Beehive OH&S.
It started with regular visits by the fire department and the Department of Labour to ensure OH&S compliance. Leo started looking for an affordable OH&S specialist company to assist in setting up a simple, yet comprehensive OH&S management system. He discovered that there were no local businesses providing the service. With such an obvious gap in the market, the entrepreneur jumped at the opportunity. The idea of Beehive was born. He trained at UCT and NOSA, and is an Internal Auditor for ISO standards, ISO9001, ISO14001, OSHAS18001/ISO45001.