Title: Ergonomics Regulations, 2019
Government Gazette Notice: GN 1589 in GG 42894 of 6 December 2019
Commencing date: 6 December 2019

The Minister of Employment and Labour published the Ergonomics Regulations, 2019 under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (“OHSA”) for implementation on 6 December 2019.

How to ensure compliance at my operation:
The purpose of the Ergonomics Regulations, 2019 is to protect the health and safety of any person who may be exposed to ergonomic risks in the workplace. Employers are required to establish a training programme for all employees exposed to ergonomic risks. A risk assessment must be conducted for all tasks where an employee is exposed to ergonomic risks. Ergonomic risk assessments must be conducted and reviewed every two years. Ergonomic risk assessments must also be reviewed if a reportable incident occurs or if an employee suffers an adverse health effect as a result of exposure to ergonomic risks. Employers must also ensure that medical surveillance for ergonomics are incorporated into its existing medical surveillance system.

How can we assist:
Shangoni conducts legal compliance audits on compliance with ergonomic factors. Although we are not an approved inspection authority (“AIA”) focussing on hygiene risk assessments, our audits provide feedback on the effectiveness of existing controls, thereby assisting our clients in managing the risks associated with such and ensuring a safer work place.

For more information please contact Gert van der Waal at