High-level Assessment of Occupational Health and Safety Compliance

For the first time ever and in accordance with the Environmental Risk Plan of the National Research Foundation, the NRF SHER function headed by the RISK Manager Mr Hannes Greeff, conducted a Compliance Audit at iThemba LABS on Thursday and Friday, 02 and 03 March 2017.

Objectives of the audit

The objective of this review was to perform a high-level compliance assessment of the current processes and documentation that are in place at iThemba LABS against the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ACT No. 85 OF 1993) and associated Regulations.

Scope of the audit

The scope of the review mainly included:

  • A Review of the documentation relating to the Occupational Health and Safety programme at iThemba LABS and assessing compliance against the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ACT No. 85 OF 1993)
  • Conducting a workplace safety tour, housekeeping check and interviews with relevant individuals at iThemba LABS to confirm status


This audit reviewed 22 key points of adherence to legislation. A planning and scoping session (desktop review of documentation) took place after an opening meeting with the Safety Management Team. This was followed by a Workplace Safety Tour. A closing meeting with the Director of iThemba LABS, Dr Faiҫal Azaiez and the Business Manager, Mr Vincent Spannenberg, took place on Friday where the Director was informed by Mr Hannes Greeff of our excellent results of 97%. This result is in line with previous audit results conducted by other external auditors and clearly shows that high standards are being consistently maintained.