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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)


Health and Safety of Children at Work Regulations

Schedule 1: Guidelines on risk assessments and plans of safe work procedures regarding permitted work by child workers

7. Plan of safe work procedures



1) Regulation 3(1)(c)) requires the preparation of a plan of safe work procedures.


2) The employer should consider at least the following strategies when drawing up such a plan:
a) follow all child labour and relevant other safety and health regulations;
b) conduct thorough orientation when a new child workers starts working, or when work practices change, such as set out in the orientation checklist in paragraph 8;
c) utilize safety training checklists, such as the checklist in paragraph 9, in order to ensure all topics are covered;
d) in orientation and training, consider the list of health and safety topics in paragraph 10;
e) provide for child-sensitive supervision to child workers taking into consideration the guidelines in paragraph 11;
f) consider a child workers' physical capacity to perform the job safely, the child's maturity to exercise good judgment, and the child's ability to read and understand written instructions and safety signs;
g) involve co-workers: create a mentoring program among experienced workers, including experienced child workers;
h) encourage child workers to ask questions and ask for assistance regularly.