Why is it necessary to be apply for SAWFHA (South African Working from Home Association) accreditation?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the mind-set of employer and employee’s worldwide, and transformed or revolutionised, and created a new line of thought, to “work in a home based / remote office environment” as opposed to “work from the conventional corporate office”.
There is no benchmark on an international and national level to evaluate and determine compliance of employees home based / remote office environments, against the OHSA act no 85 of 1993.
Home based / remote office environments have become a standard in the business industry. The cost and time saving benefits to employee and employer are monumental, but employers have an obligation as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act no 85 of 1993, to ensure the home based / remove office environments are safe for the employee, whilst performing daily activities.
SAFWHA offers 3 user friendly options to assist the employer to comply with the regulations and standards OHSA act no 85 of 1993, relating to home based / remote office environments
Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the differences between option 1, 2 and 3
1. a link will be send to the email address (in the contact section of the registration page) which will allow access for completion of the online SAFWHA questionnaire
- After completion of the questionnaire, the person(s) who completed the questionnaire have to acknowledgement his / her / their understanding of the OHSA act no 85 of 1993, by clicking the submit button at the bottom of the questionnaire
- Aftersubmissionofinformationanaccreditationcertificatewillbesentinthenameof the organisation, to the email address provided in the registration section of application
2. a link will be send to the email address (in the contact section of the registration page) which will allow access to the HBW software application
- The employer to submit the link using the HBW (Home Based Worker) software application to employees
- The employee to use the HBW software application, to complete the questionnaire for evaluation and comparison of the home based / remote office environment, against the requirements of the OHSA Act. No 85 of 1993
• Critical assessments include but are not limited to:
- Conduct a “HIRA” (hazard identification and risk assessment) in each employee’s home based / remote
- Determine / identify possible risk areas and potential hazards o Address these risks and hazards to:
▪ Reduce ▪ Remove ▪ Resolve
- Data recording of all home based / remote office environments evaluations
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Occupational Health and Safety Act no 85 of 1993:
Section 8, paragraphs A to J under General duties of employers to their employees
“Every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable....