The Compendium of Occupational Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is an essential service in both the public and private sectors, but its legislative framework is complex. In order to ensure compliance and gain the confidence of their clients, OHS practitioners engaged in the planning and implementation of OHS in the workplace must make recommendations that are based on solid factual foundations and codes of good practice.

Thorough knowledge of OHS standards and codes is crucial not only for OHS practitioners – such as health and safety representatives, safety officers, occupational hygienists, and occupational health and occupational medical professionals – but for all those who may be engaged in OHS, including employees, organisation management, and students taking OHS-related courses.


In response to this need for increased knowledge in OHS, The Compendium of Occupational Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines provides an up-to-date reference to the technical standards and guidelines relevant to OHS and includes a selection of international codes provided as a benchmark for the design of services.

Further, the Compendium seeks to increase the participation of OHS practitioners in the evaluation and further development of OHS standards and guidelines in order to deliver improved services

Sections and contents:

1. Standards incorporated under specific regulations

A. Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) 85 of 1993, as amended, section 43 regulations

B. Merchant Shipping Act 57 of 1951

C. Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996

D. National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999

E. National Railway Safety Regulator Act 16 of 2002

F. Hazardous Substances Act 15 of 1973

G. National Health Act 61 of 2003

H. Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA)

I. National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act 5 of 2008

J. Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997

K. Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998

L. Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002

2. SANS OHS Standards

3. Additional standards from international jurisdictions

About the publication

Author: Warren Manning

Edition: 1st

Publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9781485137733

Format: Soft Cover

Number of Pages: 248

Retail price: R545.00 (incl. VAT,

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