Employers are obliged to display posters or wall charts in regularly frequented spaces at the workplace. The purpose of these posters is to create awareness among employees of the rights afforded to them under certain legislation.
What posters must employers display?
- Basic Conditions of Employment
- Employment Equity Act
- OHS Act
- General Machinery Regulations – Schedule C and/or Schedule D
Section 30 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) requires all employers to display a summary of the employees’ rights in terms of the BCEA. Section 25 of the Employment Equity Act, similarly requires that employers display a summary of this Act.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that all employers, who employs more than 5 employees, have a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and relevant regulations available at the workplace. You should take note that the physical display of the Act or Regulations are not required.
Employers with boilers on their premises are required to display a copy of Schedule C of the General Machinery Regulations, while all employers with other machinery on their premises are required to display a copy of Schedule D of the General Machinery Regulations.
Where can you find these posters?
A wide variety of wall charts or posters are available from publishers, including Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Employment Equity, The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Skills Development Act, Tobacco Products Control Act, Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, etc.
Obtain your copies of the relevant wall charts from the Government Printers or download a copy at the Labour Department.
What happens if you don’t display these workplace posters?
Failure to adhere to these requirements will undoubtedly expose employers to penalties and fines.
An employer’s annual labour audit should ensure that the latest versions of these posters or wall charts are displayed at their working place.