Health and Safety

On behalf of the management Team, I, the undersigned, Managing Director/s of Data Sciences Corporation commit ourselves to a policy of continuous improvement of occupational health and safety and will ensure that this policy is understood, accepted, implemented and maintained throughout the company. It is the policy of Data Sciences Corporation that a healthy and safe working environment is created and maintained on a continuous basis for all its employees and interested parties, by implementing practical procedures, control measures, procedures and precautions that are to be observed by all employees and interested parties.

Management take responsibility to inform employees and interested parties who may be exposed to known hazards to develop appropriate procedures as part of an effective prevention programme.

Employees will be trained to report those hazards, which may be a risk to health and safety, and act safely and accept responsibility for the preventing and reporting of incidents or any practices, which could endanger himself or others.

Personal involvement and commitment by each employee is essential to ensure that the highest possible standard of occupational health and safety is achieved. All employees will be trained to observe the provisions of the occupational health and safety act and the road Transport act and they are expected to actively participate in the general advancement and enforcement of occupational health and safety within all workplaces, through the health and safety committee, health and safety Representatives and other management structures.

Management expects all employees of the organization and or interested parties to join us in implementing this occupational health and safety policy on a continuous basis and thereby contributing to the well-being of employees and the organization as a whole.
Employees must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to the company’s rules and regulations, procedures and applicable safety legislation.

Objectives:
• Report all downgrading incidents immediately.
• Obey all instructions issued in the interest of health and safety.
• Constantly participate in risk management, projects and look for better and safer ways to work and make subjections in this regard.
• Use protective equipment at all the times as prescribed for each task and/or procedure.

The authority for the administration and review of the system has been delegated by me to the company’s section 16(2) appointees, and health and safety representative to ensure its continuing suitability and effectiveness in satisfying the specified requirement and general safety management specifications.
We as management team is therefore committed to the enforcement of the OH & S Management System based on the OHS Act, SQAS, OHSAS 18001 and all required legislation and require that all employees of Data Sciences Corporation work according to the system, procedures, authorities and responsibilities contained in the documented system.

Emergency Instructions
1. If you discover a fire or other dangers, contact your supervisor or the designated Evacuation Coordinator. (Fire Members: Steve Tasker: 082 496 8785 or Ambrose Bates: 082 994 4242 – Evacuation Coordinator is Graeme Simms 071 391 0584.)
2. Stop work and leave the building IMMEDIATELY via the stairs.
3. Follow instructions, avoid panic and cooperate with those responding to the emergency.
4. Turn off computers, equipment, fans, etc. and close desk drawers.
5. Do NOT delay your exit from the building by looking for belongings or other people.
6. When leaving the building, go straight to the designated Emergency Meeting Location (which is located in the visitor’s parking area).
7. Report to your supervisor / Evacuation Coordinator and do not obstruct the responding fire/rescue workers’ operations.
8. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.

Smoking Policy
Data Sciences is committed to compliance with all relevant employment legislation. Health and safety matters are generally regulated in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and associated Regulations and Notices; however, smoking at the workplace is regulated by the Tobacco Products Control Act 83 of 1993. The South African government is a signatory to the World Health Organisation Framework Conventions on Tobacco Control, and amendments to the legislation have been implemented to bring our national legislation in line with these requirements. Data Sciences is committed to ensuring compliance with all legislation and associated regulations, and all employees are required to familiarize themselves with the requirements of this policy statement, and to ensure compliance at all times.

This policy applies to all employees regardless of the nature of their contract including but not limited to permanent, fixed term, casual, temporary, contractors, sub-contractors, and any other persons who may assist the Academy in the carrying out of its duties.
This policy will be given to every employee and contractor before they commence work and forms part of the standard Academy induction and orientation program.