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Health, Safety, Public Protection and Universal Access (HSPPUA)

Mandate

The HSPPUA TCC is established in terms of the following sections of the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000) as a sub-committee of the Built Environment Matters Committee (BEMC):

    1. promote and protect the interests of the public in the built environment;
    1. promote and maintain a sustainable built environment and natural environment;
    1. provide appropriate standards of health, safety and environmental protection within the built environment;
    1. advise government on any matter falling within the scope of the built environment, including resource utilisation, socio-economic development, public health and safety and the environment, and for this purpose carry out such investigations as it or the relevant Minister deems necessary;

The committee will contribute to Government’s Priority 2: Education, skills and health.

The HSPPUA TCC will address matters specifically relating to protecting public interest in areas of Universal Design and Accessibility as well as Health and Safety in the South African Built Environment.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Set timeframes to resolve specific health and safety issues
  2. Advocate for sector compliance with health and safety legislation
  3. Include health and safety in procurement processes stage 1 – 3
  4. Explore avenues to ensure that National Treasury and DPWI include health and safety from inception stages with clients and implementing agents
  5. Promote, support and protect the dignity and rights of people with disabilities in the Built Environment sector
  6. Explore avenues to empower the public and protect them in their dealings with built environment professionals (e.g. the CBE’s Appeals and Complaints Process, law enforcement services)

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