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This month: Why you should invest in Health & Safety Training for your staff 5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong about the Employment Equity Act Benets of SETA-Accredited Training Why your website is the most powerful Marketing Tool 5 Factors to consider when choosing roong materials Amazing Advantages of using Cromadeck The Different Types of Warehouse Storage Options The Benets and Importance of Buying an Emergency Generator
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Providing training to employees on Health and Safety matters in the workplace. Previously this was seen as time-consuming, costly, a disruption to operations and business activities. Among many other reasons why businesses did not see Health and Safety as important because they perceived it as an investment without payback, but that assumption has been proven wrong. Unfortunately, year after year, employees from all kinds of industries are injured through accidents that could so easily be avoided through a little basic training in health safety matters.
Why you should Invest in Health and Safety Training for your Staff.
The beneď€ ts of Health and Safety training in the workplace are numerous; they include providing beneď€ ts for the employer, but more importantly, beneď€ ts for the employee who is the person most at risk. Not forgetting the processes of protecting workers, surrounding communities and the environment for future generations have important common elements, such as pollution control and exposure reduction; In spite of the size of the business or company, Health and Safety Training is necessary and here are a few reasons why you should invest in it if you haven't already done so.
1. Every Workplace has an Element of Risk Too many employees neglect health and Safety training based on the assumption that their line of work does not involve much of a risk. The truth is that ranging from handling heavy machinery in big manufacturing companies to manually handling packages and liquids; there are levels of exposure to risk and illness. In most cases, small businesses pose greater hazards. What the fatality rate in SME manufactures for instances is twice of large ones. So basically the presence of no risk no matter how little the chance, is why your staff have a right to know how to protect themselves.
2. Increase staff productivity Admittedly organising Health and Safety training for your staff is a notable investment, but assuming that it has no returns is false. Look at it this way, employees in many ways are like customers, treating them well results in them staying, treating them well also makes them feel valued thus treating your customers well in return. The ripple effect translates throughout your business. Taking time to show your interest in their safety is one way to build a loyal staff, and a loyal staff always has positive impacts on productivity as a whole. Plus as a added beneď€ t, healthy workers are more productive and therefore raise healthy families. Thus healthy workers are a key strategy. E.g. Goal for overcoming poverty
3. Complying with the Law The health and Safety Act of South Africa stipulates that businesses should provide for the health and safety of persons at work. That is including the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery and the protection of persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work. Businesses are to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety and to provide for matters connected therewith.
4. You will be avoiding a Potential Compensation claim or Suit Let's assume that the chances of any of your employees getting injured in the line of duty or falling ill as a result of their duties in your business premises are 1%; you still need to take the training seriously. It will only take one serious injury or complaint and often unforeseen ones to bring a compensation storm and suddenly that 1% doesn't seem so small after all. If you think health and safety training is both expensive and inefď€ cient; you don't want to wait to see how much one workplace injury costs. The training equips your workers to work safely in your premises and empowers them to be outstandingly productive, that is great proď€ t by itself. With the assistance of training facilities such as www.chamberlink.co.za you can put your staff through training without any hassle as outsourcing these services when you have a lack of resources to do your self can save you both time and money. Safe workplace overall promotes sustainable development, which is key to poverty reduction. And lastly, occupational health is essential to the general public health. It is increasingly clear that major diseases (e.g. AIDS, heart disease) need proactive programmes as part of the disease control strategy. For more info contact us: Chamberlink
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5 Factors to consider when choosing roong materials JCP Roof
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Your roof is a fundamental element of your business as well as your home, which is why you must do your research and make sure you make the right choices in your building process. Remember a roof will last for decades, so you want to make sure you are getting the best kind of roong system. Style, functionality and performance are all signicant features, but there are factors often overlooked. Among other considerations, you will want to nd a roof you can easily maintain and most importantly, you will need to nd a quality company to install your new roof. For those building their rst home or business all this may seem a bit overwhelming so, here are 5 key factors to consider before selecting your roong material. 1. THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME OR BUILDING The rst thing to consider is the architectural style of home or commercial building as this may dictate what type of roong materials you will need. For example, while asphalt shingles are compatible for most residential homes, tile roong may be more suitable for the style. Commercial buildings, on the other hand, may need a built-up roof. Therefore metal roofs might suit this style better.
2. COST One main consideration that determines the process of choosing building material is cost. You will realise that the price differs widely. As a rule of thumb, it is not always advisable to look for the cheapest products. You need to contemplate the lifespan or value of the products you are purchasing. When you buy cheap materials, you might end up having to replace them frequently, and this ends up being expensive. 3. AESTHETICS Ask yourself, what look do you want? People have different preferences and requirements; what one person might consider attractive, may no appeal to the next person. The choice you make as well as your budget will determine the material you can select to achieve the desired look. 4. SURROUNDINGS AND DURABILITY Some materials last longer than others last and are more resistant to decay, moisture as well as other environmental hazards. Select the most appropriate materials for the weather conditions in your surroundings and make certain they are long lasting. If uncertain, consult an expert, they will help you determine the materials that are most suitable for your needs. 5. SUPPLIER Selecting the correct supplier is very important, as it will determine the quality of the materials you get. The choice of the supplier will determine the quality of materials that will, in turn, enhance the appearance of your business or home while being long lasting. No matter the quality of your roof itself, the installation will play a massive role in its efciency. Be sure to work with an installer that you trust. If you need help visit www.jcproong.co.za as they are experts in the eld and they offer you complete service that includes transporting the materials to the site.
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Nowadays the Internet is the rst place most people go when looking for a new product or service. Online research has become a primary part of the buying process as well as the look, feel and sound of a business's online presence has become a key factor inuencing the decision making. Think about it, any time you want to study more about a company, product or service, what is the rst thing you are most likely to do? Pull out your mobile or laptop and start typing. What you discover immediately forms your perception of the company or brand you are researching and plays a crucial part in the nal decision you make. You may ask yourself; does the website look trustworthy? Are all the details you need available to you? Is the site easy to use? For better or worse, your website speaks volume about your company and can be considered an advocate for your brand. As a matter of fact, so much information is gained by prospective clients and existing customers through your company website. Therefore, the is all the more reason to make sure it is the key element of your brand and marketing. Amongst the many reasons, your website is the most powerful tool for marketing your business includes: ▪ Your website can help you stay on Top of Competition ▪ Your website allows client engagement (email, feedback, enquiries) ▪ Your website is a branding tool ▪ Your website acts as a communication tool (live chat, webinars, blogs) ▪ Your website is a way to sell online ▪ Your website offers an international audience Overall your website is that place where you can have a captive audience and an opportunity to communicate your brand, culture and maybe most importantly your story. They may opt-in to receive regular content or pick up the phone and call you. Ultimately, your website is the gateway to endless marketing possibilities and if done right the rst time may prove to be a great investment. With the help of professional website developers such as www.hublink.co.za, achieving your marketing objectives may seem much more feasible.
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5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong about the Employment Equity Act
The Employment Equity Act (No.55 of 1998) is part of the South African labour law landscape, but it can be a source of stress and confusion for businesses. Failure to comply with the legislation can result in heavy nes, but meeting equity requirements can be challenging. Here we look at ve common mistakes and misunderstandings about the Act, to making compliance a little easier for companies. 1) The Employment Equity Act applies to all organisations in South Africa If you run a small business, have you checked that the Act applies to you? The Employment Equity Act mainly regulates the operations of organisations that have more than 50 employees or have a turnover above that designated in Schedule 4. This includes NGOs, trade unions, co-operatives, sports organisations, organs of the state, and even churches. Notable exceptions are the National Defence Force, National Intelligence Agency, and the South African Secret Service. 2) Only employers and senior management need to understand the Employment Equity Act It is of vital importance that employees have a good grasp of the Act and equity practices in their workplace. Inspectors from the Department of Labour, who are charged with enforcing the Act, can interview any worker to nd out how much they know. If the inspector nds that their understanding is lacking, there is a good chance your compliance will be too. For this reason, employees need to receive training, information brochures, and other means of knowledge acquisition. In addition, a summary of the Employment Equity Act must be clearly displayed in the workplace.
3) Record-keeping is not that important A major issue that employers face is incomplete or disorganised records of employment equity measures and practices. However, under the Employment Equity Act, the Department of Labour needs to see all current documentation in order to conrm that a company is compliant. This means that all employment equity training records, member acceptance forms from employment equity committees, logs of employment equity-related complaints, employment equity report forms (EEA2 forms), and even minutes of employment equity meetings, need to be carefully stored. 4) It is the employee's responsibility to prove discrimination claims During 2014, when a number of changes were made to the Employment Equity Act, the burden of proof was shifted strongly to the employer. It is their responsibility to prove that discrimination did not take place, or, if it did, that it was fair and justiable. The Act outlaws all forms of unfair discrimination – the denition of which has been expanded and is now very broad. 5) The Employment Equity Act is complex and very difcult to deal with Ensuring that your company fully complies with the requirements of the Act may seem difcult, but it is an important part of doing and promoting business in South Africa. If the help of labour consultants, like those available in partnership with the East Rand Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are enlisted, the compliance process can be greatly simplied. It is easier and more reliable to outsource some of this work.
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Amazing Advantages of using Chromadeck Chromadeck refers to a range of color coated sheets manufactured by ArcelorMittal in South Africa. There sheets are created through a series of procedures to create a color-based sheet. The primer and epoxy coated sheeting come in various colors and can be formed into a number of proď€ le forms. This building material has been a favorite under construction workers and architects due to its versatility, aesthetic appeal and the great protection it offers against harsh elements. Allow VIP Construction to share with you a few reasons why you should consider choosing Chromadeck.
Why should you choose Chromadeck? · The top coat of paint found on Chromadeck has been designed to withstand the harsh African Sun. · These sheets offer improved edge protection and is less prone to cracking that may lead to corrosion. · When choosing Chromadeck, purchasers can be assured that the product has been tested and evaluated. · The galvanised steel that makes up the sheets are chemically cleaned and treated to enhance corrosion properties. · A coat of primer is applied to increase aesthetic and functional value. · You get access to a variety of nishes that are both affordable and eco-friendly. · Steel roong is virtually resistant against re, mold and mildew. · This form of steel building material is incredibly lightweight, making it an easy construction material to work with. These sheets are versatile and can be used in a variety of applications to meet your roong and building desires. This building material is incredibly durable. Overall, Chromadeck is focused on producing a color coated steel range that is more sustainable to the environment. For more info contact us: JCP Steel Supplies Tel: 010 040 8323 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BENEFITS OF SETA One of the South African labour market's major challenges is that large numbers of the country's workers are underskilled, which hinders productivity and consequently our ability to compete on a global level. Many companies are making efforts to address the widespread skills shortfall by offering their employees skills-development training. In fact, this is considered so vital that employers who invest in skills training benet greatly when it comes to their BBBEE scores. What does SETA stand for? To ensure good-quality skills development, Sector Education and Training Authorities were established in the late 1990s. There are currently 21 SETAs, each with the responsibility of assessing and accrediting training providers in every sector of South African industry—from agriculture, sheries and forest services to nancial services, safety and security services, and mining. What are the roles of each SETA? The main role of the SETAs is to construct a framework in which all South Africans, employed or unemployed, can develop their existing skills, learn new skills, acquire qualications, and contribute meaningfully to the country's economy. SETAs have various roles when it comes to overseeing the skills development landscape. Among the roles that each SETA fulls are: - Determining that training providers have good qualications and are competent to provide training to National Qualications Standard (NQF) calibre, and providing trainers who meet these standards with SETA accreditation. - Ensuring that accredited training providers maintain high-quality courses and qualications. - Setting up and managing learnerships, internships, apprenticeships and unit-based skills programmes within various industries. - Developing and putting into practice a sector-specic skills plan to develop appropriate skills in various industries. The cornerstone of this mission is the establishment of SETA-accredited training courses, which carries massive benets for employers and employees alike.
What are the benets of SETA-accredited training for employees? Employees, or potential employees, who attend a SETA-accredited course can rst and foremost rest assured in the knowledge that they have completed a training course that has met their industry's SETA requirements, meaning that they have learned relevant, high-quality skills from a well-qualied, reputable trainer. Any qualications they earn this way are solid as rock. Secondly, SETA-accredited courses are nationally recognised by employers in that industry. This can open up new opportunities for employment and self-improvement in ways that non-accredited training just does not. Furthermore, some SETA-accredited courses carry NQF credits, which count towards full formal qualications. What are the benets of SETA-accredited training for employers? Simply: peace of mind, prot, productivity and prestige. SETA-accredited skills development is money well spent. The nationwide recognition of SETA-accredited training means that the courses completed are reputable, thorough and relevant. In terms of BBBEE scorecards, SETA-accredited training counts strongly towards the skills development score, and also allows employers to benet from tax rebates, as they can claim back against skills development levies. It also functions as a costmanagement measure, thanks to a potentially reduced payroll bill. Employers offering their employees SETA-accredited training can also access SETA funds for staff training. Not only does using a SETA-accredited trainer maximize potential BBBEE points, it also ensures that employers have a workforce well-equipped with up-to-date industryspecic skills, cutting back on time and productivity lost to error or lack of knowledge. In addition, employees trained in SETA-accredited courses come away considerably upskilled, which should boost output and efciency, and thus revenue. Lastly, providing SETA-accredited training for employees strengthens an employers' credibility and reputation in their industry and community, as it becomes obvious that they have a well-trained, skilled workforce, and that they care about the welfare of their workers.
With load-shedding and winter bearing down on us, power failures are a possibility, and ever more business and home owners are considering investing in backup power systems that lessen their reliance on the grid. Because buying and setting up an emergency generator can sometimes be a signiď€ cant capital outlay, many people hesitate to do it. But the reality is that getting an emergency generator is a very smart decision, and one that can save a lot of stress and money even in the short-term. Power is vital. Everything runs on electricity: most appliances and machinery are electric, as are all computers, and most hot-water geysers, lights, refrigerators, and security systems. Batteries have limited lives, and in times of regular power outages it can be a challenge to get everything charged in time. Then there's the question of power capacity, and very often it's necessary to decide which of two much-needed devices gets charged.
This catch-22 situation quickly becomes very inconvenient, and can lead to large revenue losses for businesses. Companies in the food service industry, for example, face losing stock to extended power failures once freezers and cookers shut off, while small manufacturers and service providers effectively have to down tools until the mains power comes back, meaning many lost hours of productivity, lost customers, and reduced output. Domestically, many nd that the stress of running a household when it's going to be difcult to see, cook, heat water or do tasks becomes almost unbearable. In the longer term, blackouts may lead to lost contracts, damage to equipment, downsizing of staff and plants, and even closure. Both businesses and homeowners nd the communication breakdowns and security risks that arise during power failures stressful and challenging to handle. Emergency generators can drastically cut back on the time and revenue lost to power failures, and denitely lessen the stress that comes with outages. A small business outt or household can opt for a portable emergency generator. These are smaller units which the user fuels up and turns on when they are needed. Typically, these do not have very large power capacity, but can run a few appliances and lights. Larger businesses can opt for a standby generator that is set to turn on automatically when the mains power goes out. These, being larger, are well-suited to running whole shops or workshops. Both types can run on alternative fuels such as petrol, diesel or gas, and generators come in a range of different power capacities, so there's usually one to t any need. Not all businesses will need permanent standby generators. Those that cannot 'go to plan B' when the power is off may nd that installing a standby generator is a necessity if they want to keep smooth operations running. A generator that automatically comes on when the power goes out can save the day, maintaining productivity and morale and making it a smart investment. To nd out about emergency generator options for your business or home, contact Tony's Diesel Electric Generators: +27 011873 7260 / +27 11 873 5415 or mail us @ email@example.com
The Different Types of Warehouse Storage options
Shelving & Racking Company In the world of warehouses, storage is crucial. You can't simply stack pallets upon pallet from oor to ceiling. Not only would that provide terrible access, but those stacks just wouldn't be very stable. This is why warehouse shelving was invented; to get things off the oor, to maximise space and mostly make the warehouse more efcient. To make objects easier to store, see locate and ultimately remove. Of course, not everyone's needs are the same, and so we are left with many different kinds of storage options to t various diverse situations. There's a good chance your warehouse will contain multiple kinds of pallet racking systems. That is all the more reason why you should know what each type is and how it works. The benets of picking the right storage system include an improved use of space, easier work processes and better overall business efciency. Therefore, it's important to choose the right one for your particular business.
What are the main forms of warehouse storage? They all have very particular applications, which depend on the size, weight and nature of your stock, as well as the size and layout of the warehouse. Within each category, especially pallet racking and storage there are many subcategories. Here are some of them, to give you an idea of which one(s) will suit your warehouse best. Pallet Racking- is the most common as well as an essential component of logistical stock storage and movement. Anything which is delivered and stored in boxes and requires inventory logging is a prime candidate for pallet racking. The most important considerations with pallet racking are access/movement, weight, stability and space. Weight limits must be strictly adhered to, and all pallet racking must be inspected and regularly maintained to make sure that it is stable enough not to risk toppling. Aisle space required will depend on your specic space requirements or limitations, but consider whether forklift access will be just forwards and backwards or require a turning circle with a pallet attached. Shelving -This one is fairly self-explanatory. The stock sits on static shelves rather than mobile pallets so cannot be retrieved via forklift. But shelving is ideal for quick, easy access to stock, just as if you were in aisles at a shop. For this reason, it's far more applicable for small, light items requiring manual picking and placement, such as agricultural produce, clothing, machine parts and components and small products. Anything too heavy to carry alone can't be stored this way. Many shelved items need to be handled with care. Height is the main thing to take into consideration after weight, as high shelves require ladder access. Multi-tier racking- Multi-tier racking is ideal if you want to take full advantage of the vertical space you have in your warehouse. Multi-tier racking systems have different tiers, much like oors, so that stock can be accessed manually all the way up to the maximum limit of vertical storage. Often this is achieved with a system of mezzanine ooring and stairs, although sometimes scissor lifts are also used. The storage they offer is very dense, so it's most effective when you have large quantities of stock with a relatively small individual unit size. Mezzanine ooring-A warehouse mezzanine oor can yield a massive amount of extra storage space. Effectively, you're just constructing a second oor above existing aisles, which provides extra shelving space, working areas for staff to pick and pack or check and move stock on. Mezzanines don't always need to be restricted to a single level; they can provide two or even three extra levels. Because of the mezzanine advances, virtually all mezzanine ooring is custom designed and tted to integrate with most storage situations in virtually any warehouse situation. It's best to use a company that can manage the whole process for you, from designing and installing mezzanine systems to advising on how you should t out and make the best use of your additional space, as well as embedding the important additional features you may need. If you need expert advice on what will suit your situation and plans for your warehouse; visit www.sscomp.co.za and send an enquiry, a member of our team will get back to you.
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